MATCH CENTRE

FRI 18 AUGUST 2017, 21:00, CASABLANCA

3
VS
1

Morocco seal CHAN spot

by Bertin Basson

Fri August 18, 23:10

Morocco booked their ticket to the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament following a 3-1 (4-2) aggregate win over Egypt in a Northern Zone second-leg qualifier on Friday evening.

Following a 1-1 draw in Alexandria last weekend, the Atlas Lions were always favourites heading onto their own turf and made good use of that advantage at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.

The hosts were unable to find the breakthrough in the opening stanza with the first-half ending goalless, but Morocco soon turned on the style following the break.

Jawad El Yamiq and Abderrahim Maqran scored in quick succession before Badr Belhrouz's penalty put it well beyond the Pharaohs reach.

There would be some sort of consolation for the visitors as Hamza El-Samoumi put the ball into the back of his own net in the 85th minute - directing Hossam Hassan's shot past his own goalkeeper.

It would have no impact, though, on the final result as Morocco booked their place at a third CHAN tournament. They will be making their way to Kenya early next year as a result.

As for Egypt, the record Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions bizarre record of having failed to qualify for a single CHAN tournament continues.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
MOROCCO EGYPT
Goalkeeper
12
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
22
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
18
Defender
12
Defender
3
Defender
3
Defender
2
Defender
7
Defender
4
Defender
6
Defender
5
Defender
2
Defender
6
Defender
15
Midfielder
11
13
Midfielder
8
Defender
4
Midfielder
14
Defender
20
21
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
21
21
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
11
15
Midfielder
17
Forward/Striker
20
Midfielder
14
Forward/Striker
13
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
23
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
10
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