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#CHAN2018 Final: Super Eagles lose 4-0 to Morocco

Ikechukwu Ezenwa Ikechukwu Ezenwa
Steve Townsend | 06 February, 2018, 14:24

Morocco and Nigeria will battle in the final of the 2018 African Nations Championship at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca this night.

Atiku initially posted in anticipation of the final, urging football loving Nigerians to watch and support the Eagles.

"When I watched their first and second matches and saw how the players missed goal scoring chances, I did not expect them to go beyond the quarter-finals".

Hadraf completed his brace in the 64th minute making the scores 3-1 in favour of the North African host Morocco who found a fitting way to win the showpiece on home soil.

After Moses had been sent off, Morocco took control and Nigeria fell apart with some comical defending contributing to their downfall.

He said, "Every coach has his own formation for every match".

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Immediately after the final whistle, King Mohammed VI sent a message of congratulations to the team, expressing his joy and pride at the players' achievement that crowns, he said, the lovely performance and high competitiveness they have shown during all the stages of this continental tournament.

"The coach should make sure that he uses the right tactics and formation to make the victory possible".

However, winger Abelilah Hafidi misses the final, having picked up an injury during Morocco's win over Guinea in the group phase.

Onigbinde told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the Moroccan side was more tactical with accuracy in passes than the Nigerian side.

After his CHAN exploits, national coach Herve Renard is likely to give the 24-year-old a chance as Morocco prepare to face Iran, Portugal and Spain at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. "The CHAN is an avenue for him to observe the players and pick the ones who can fit into his plans to get the desired results in Russian Federation", he said. It's not easy to assemble the best 23 players in the league.

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