Morocco players celebrating
Thursday Oct 22, 2015. 21:34
Morocco booked their spot at the 2016 African Nations Championship on Thursday evening, after securing a 4-0 thrashing of Libya in Radès.
Winners of the last edition of the continental tournament, which features exclusively players from their respective national leagues, in South Africa in 2013, the Mediterranean Knights bow out of the competition and will not be able to defend their crown.
FAR Rabat striker Abdessalam Benjelloun put the local Atlas Lions ahead in the 26th minute, with CRA midfielder Abdessamad Mbarki sending his side with a two-goal cushion into the break.
Wydad Casablanca’s playmaker Rachid Housni added to the Libyans’ misery with five more minutes to go, while Mohamed Bounjem sealed the victory deep into stoppage time.
The Atlas Lions will face Tunisia in their final Northern Zone encounter at the same venue on Sunday, with both sides already guaranteed a place at the finals, which will take place in Rwanda between 16 January and 7 February 2016.