Morocco have become the first host nation to lift the African Nations Championship title thanks to a 4-0 win over Nigeria in Sunday’s final at Casablanca’s Stade Mohamed V.
Goals from Walid El Karti, Ayoub El Kaabi and a Zakaria Hadraf brace saw the Atlas Lions coast to victory over the Super Eagles, who had Otekpa Eneji sent off early in the second half.
The hosts began brightly and thought that they had taken the lead on 10 minutes when El Kaabi headed the ball into the back of the net from Ismail Haddad’s corner.
However, the goal was ruled out off as the ball had curled out of play before reaching the forward.
Morocco continued to dominate and were rewarded for their perseverance with the opening goal on the stroke of half time.
Nigeria then suffered another blow on 48 minutes as Eneji was sent off for a second bookable offence after a foul on Mohamed Nahiri.
From then on it was all one-way traffic as El Karti headed home Jbira’s cross on 61 minutes before Hadraf scored his second of the match three minutes later.
The rout was completed on 73 minutes through El Kaabi, who grabbed his ninth goal of the campaign from close range to seal victory and his place as the CHAN tournament’s top scorer.