Morocco defeated Mauritania 4-0 during the opening match of the African Nations Championship in Casablanca late on Saturday evening.
Morocco’s goals were all scored in the second half of the match. Though the Moroccan team dominated most of the first half, its attempts to net the first goal of the tournament were unsuccessful.
The Moroccan players had to wait until the 65th minute of the match to unlock Mauritania’s defence. The Mauritanian goalkeeper was instrumental in thwarting many clear scoring attempts from the Moroccan side. Morocco’s key forward Ayoub El Kaabi scored the team’s first goal.
Morocco’s team first goal forced the Mauritanian side to look for the equalizer, leaving plenty of space for the Moroccan players who succeeded in scoring three more goals.
Ismael El Haddad of Wydad of Casablanca netted the second goal for Morocco only seven minutes after the first goal. El Kaabi, who also plays for Renaissance Sportive de Berkane club, scored his second goal for Morocco at the 80-minute mark of the match, while the Wydad of Casablanca star Achraf Bencherki netted the fourth goal for Morocco shortly before the final whistle.
The opening match of CHAN 2018 was marked by the attendance of Morocco’s Crown Prince, Moulay El Hassan. The opening ceremony was also attended by Ahmad Ahmad, President of African Football Confederation (CAF) and the President of the Moroccan Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa.
Later today, Ivory Coast will take on Namibia in first ever match for the Brave Warriors in the championship’s Group B game at the Stade de Marrakech in Morocco.
The Elephants booked their place in the finals after beating Niger on the away goals rule followed a 2-2 draw on aggregate in the second round of qualification last August.
This will be Ivory Coast’s fourth appearance in the competition having participated in the 2009 finals as tournament hosts.
The Namibia – Ivory Coast game will be broadcast live on DSTV’s Supersport channels and kick-off is at 18:30.
However, before the Brave Warriors take on the Elephants the game to watch would be between Guinea and Sudan at 16:30 and at 21:30 the game between Zambia and Uganda. All these games will be shown live on Supersport.