Friday Aug 18, 2017. 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.