CHAN : Host Morocco crowned Champions

Morocco become the first host nation to lift the African Nations Championship title thanks to a 4-0 thrashing of Nigeria in Sunday's final in Casablanca.

The last goal was delivered by Ayoub El Kaabi who scored a fourth goal for the Moroccan team at the 73rd minute.

Nigeria have three players definitely ruled out through injury - goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Sunday Faleye and Daniel James, while Ifeanyi Ifeanyi is suspended after his red card in the semi-final win over Sudan.

With the victory, Morocco have proven to be on top of local football in Africa, as they are also the current holders of the CAF Champions League.

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Hadraf got the first goal in the 44th minute when El Haddad beat Osas Okoro and crossed to the winger who struck past Dele Ajiboye.

And in a sign of their strength in depth, they've just won CHAN - the African global tournament for domestic based players. Morocco doubled their lead in the 61st minute when El Karti headed home after Ajiboye had punched a cross out.

"The CHAN team is good enough to win the championship, owing to the winning at all cost mentality displayed by the players so far in the tourney", Adepoju said.

He advised the players to go for the trophy against Morocco and to ensure they scored an early goal in the match to ease pressure of the home crowd.

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El Kaabi put Morocco 2-1 up in the sixth minute of extra-time with a simple tap-in before Walid El Karti's penalty put the result beyond doubt. However, Nigeria had a harder task after Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was sent off two minutes before the hour mark, but Nigeria held on to book a place in the final.

In the third minute after the break, the Super Eagles' task in reversing that lead got even more hard when Peter Moses was sent off.

Be that as it may, Nigeria clutched set up a final with the hosts.

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