Morocco coach expects tough CHAN final

Morocco coach expects tough CHAN final
Jamal Sellami

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Feb 04, 2018. 19:00

Morocco coach Jamal Sellami has admitted that he is expecting a tough match when his side takes on Nigeria in the 2018 African Nations Championship final this evening.

The tournament hosts will face the Super Eagles at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca, with both teams looking to claim their first CHAN title.

“Nigeria will be a hard game tomorrow. They have strong individual players but play well as a team, in different areas of the field,” said Sellami at Saturday’s press conference.

“I’m confident in our team, but we respect our opponents. It is important that our players respect the moment.

“We are at home and are expected to win – that is natural. If the game was in Nigeria it would be the other way around.

Sellami also weighed in on striker Ayoub El Kaabi, who has risen from obscurity to stardom by scoring eight goals in this CHAN tournament, and it has been suggested that he will make the cut for Morocco’s senior squad for the 2018 World Cup.

“Kaabi has led us to the final but now we want him to score goals tomorrow to help us with the tournament,” Sellami said in regards to the prolific attacker.

“ [Senior team coach] Herve Renard is here looking for players for the World Cup squad, but for Kaabi it is about the final tomorrow and not the World Cup.

“Before the tournament he was not known but we gave him a chance and now everyone knows him.”

The match kicks off at 21h00 CAT and AfricanFootball will carry live play-by-play coverage.

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