By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Atlas lions of Morocco have beaten Cranes of Uganda 5#2 to sail through to the knock-out stage of the African Nations Championship CHAN 2020.
A real battle it was at the Reunification Stadium in Douala were both sides clashed struggling to get a way through, Tuesday January 26, 2021.
Goals scored by Ayoub El Kaabi, Soufiane Rahimi, Hamza El Moussaoui and Abdelilah Hafidi for Morocco and Ibrahim Orit and Saidi Kyeyune for Uganda.
Morocco has gone through to the quarter finals level with 7 points in 3 games.
Morocco immediately took the lead at kick-off, defending their title as champions. Seconds after kick-starting they made a quick attempt but were unproductive.
Qualifying to the knock-out stage and defending their title as 2018 CHAN champions was the sole target of coach Lhoussaine Ammouta and his Moroccan boys. Several attempts made within five minutes all to no avail
Morocco won a free kick six minutes into the game, Omar Namsaoui, sent a good cross into the goal post, a save from goalkeeper Charles Lukwago sent it out of the white line to the first corner kick of the game.
Nine minutes, second free-kick for Morocco, Reda Jaadi on the ball, tries to find a good finisher, no one to accompany his mission.
Dominating most of the play time, The Atlas Lions within 12 minutes got hold of the ball, Soufiane Rahimi face to face with goalkeeper Charles Lukwago of Uganda, a corner was the end product.
The Cranes recuperated play, one, two passes head forward good kick from Saidi Kyeyune, not enough to help out.
A win was the target for The Cranes. 25 minutes into the first segment, they took the lead and through a hard shot from Ibrahim Orit which went pass goalkeeper Anas Zniti, Uganda had a goal.
An opportunity came knocking for Morocco to change the scoreboard. Ayoub El Kaabi went for it but only increased the level of frustration of Moroccan fans.
Two minutes of additional time, Morocco won a penalty from a handball. Converted by Ayoub El Kaabi to an equalizer.
Uganda 1#1 Morocco goals by Ibrahim Orit for Uganda and Ayoub El Kaabi for Morocco
Morocco after first goal from Ayoub El Kaabi, returned with a revival spirit, frusting the plans of Ugandans. Five minutes into the second half, through a Cross in from Adam Ennaffati, Soufiane Rahimi made it a Brace for Morocco.
A difficult game it became for Uganda. All attempts made did not help them. Morocco hungry for more goals made more attempts as usual.
Brian Aheebwa for Muhammad Jagason
Mustafa Mujuzi for Ojera Joackiam
Bright Anukani for Abdu Karim
Mohammed Ali for Larbi Naji
Reda Jaadi for Abdelilah Hafidi
Ayoub El Kaabi for Sabbar Walid
70minutes of regular play Morocco came in with another goal from Hamza El Moussaoui. Making it 3#1 in favour of Morocco.
Nine minutes later through the weak efforts of the Cranes to defend, Soufiane Rahimi made it four for Morocco, frustrating their hopes to move.
Three minutes of additional time, newly substituted Abdelilah Hafidi came in with the five goal, crowning Morocco’s victory over the Cranes of Uganda.
Uganda 2#5 Morocco.
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