By Anye Nde Nsoh
sports Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
2018 host and Champions of the African Nations Championship CHAN, have clinch a first win against maiden participant, the Sparrowhawk of Togo.
Yahya Jabrane came in with the lone goal of the match, 24 minutes into the first half through a penalty shot out.
The game was played at the Reunification Stadium in Douala Monday January 18, 2021. Full fowl plays and confusing moves, Morocco was able to secure all three points for themselves.
From kickoff, it was easily determined that Togo is a stranger in the biennial CHAN tournament. Their first 3 minutes of the game was full of incomplete passes and poor ball possession.
First corner kick of the game was won by Morocco in 3 minutes of play. Taken by Abdelkarim Baadi, heads went high but there was a clearance off the Sparrowhawk side.
Soufiane Rahimi was a major problem to the the Togolese side. He took most of his playing time to win free kicks for Morocco.
Togo after taking a while to understand the play style of the CHAN, came in with shout-outs which almost earned them a goal. Two corner kicks were won by Togo in under 18 minutes of play but the fairytale was not melodious.
Yahya Jabrane won a penalty at the 24th minute of the game from a poor defending caused by the Togolese defensive side. Experience they say actually counts in football. The ball was taken shot but was stopped by goalkeeper Abdoul Moubarak. The second referee said there was an infringement. It was repeated eventually leading to the first goal for Morocco 27 minutes into the game.
27 minutes, Morocco 1#0 Togo. Goal scored by Yahya Jabrane.
Ayoub El Kaabi best player for the CHAN 2018 tournament had a glaring opportunity to make it a brace for Morocco, it seems his goal scoring tactics were till to be awakened.
Hamza El Moussaoui tooked the first booking for the game (yellow card). 40 minutes into regular playing time.
Ayoub El Kaabi did all he could from free kicks and corner kicks, headers, acrobatic kicks to prove his worth in the goal scoring record book, over the goalposts was his place.
After launching the second half of the game coach Yaovi Jean Paul Abalo’s boys made an impressive start hunting for an equalizer.
The Sparrowhawk continued their search launching a back play, converting it to a one, two touch to the 5.5meters box, unfortunately there was no finishing.
Goalkeeper Abdoul Moubarak was a god for the Togolese side. Several saves he made to help his side balance up
Captain Akate Gnama was replaced by Kparo Ahoro for Togo.
Unhealthy plays for both sides, fowls commited but no goals coming in.
Second yellow card of the game 71minutes of play to Kparo Ahoro of Togo.
Nine minutes to the end of regular play time, coach Jean Paul Abalo of Togo brought in Ismail Ouro-Agoro for better plays replacing Kokouvi Amekoudi while Lhoussaine Ammouta of Morocco brought in Wail Sadaoui to take the place of Zakaria Hadraf, El Mehdi to replace Soufiane Rahimi
All attempts made by both sides for a second goal in the game did not pay off
Morocco 1#0 Togo
Morocco will then face Rwanda in their second game Friday January 22, 2021
Uganda will face Togo same later in the evening same day.
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