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World Whirlwind start takes holders Morocco past Zambia

01:08  01 february  2021
01:08  01 february  2021 Source:   afp.com

CHAN 2020: Morocco outclasses Zambia and meets Cameroon

 CHAN 2020: Morocco outclasses Zambia and meets Cameroon Easy winner of Zambia (3-1), Morocco qualified Sunday for the semi-finals of CHAN 2020. © Supplied by Football 365 MAROC_RAHIMI_310121 Morocco did not make any details against Zambia (3-1) , Sunday in Douala, and without trembling for a second won his ticket for the semi-finals of CHAN 2020. It was not necessary to be late at the Reunification stage: a minute of play had just passed when the Atlas Lions were already opening the scoring. was going to beat Alan Chibwe (2nd, 1-0).

Soufiane Rahimi and Mohammed Ali Bemammer scored within eight minutes of the kickoff to set up African Nations Championship title-holders Morocco for a 3-1 quarter-final triumph over Zambia Sunday.

a group of young men playing a game of football: Zachariah Chilongoshi (L) of Zambia controls the ball as Soufiane Rahimi (R) of Morocco closes in during an African Nations Championship quarter-final in Douala Sunday. © Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO Zachariah Chilongoshi (L) of Zambia controls the ball as Soufiane Rahimi (R) of Morocco closes in during an African Nations Championship quarter-final in Douala Sunday.

The plight of the Zambians in Cameroon worsened when Zachariah Chilongoshi was red-carded for a studs-up tackle and they fell three goals behind before half-time when Ayoub el Kaabi converted a penalty.

Rahimi nets twice as Morocco bury Uganda under five-goal avalanche

  Rahimi nets twice as Morocco bury Uganda under five-goal avalanche Soufiane Rahimi scored twice for African Nations Championship title-holders Morocco as they came from behind to trounce Uganda 5-2 in Douala Tuesday and reach the quarter-finals. The defending champions were joined in the knockout stage by Rwanda, who trailed Togo twice before Jacques Tuyisenge and Ernest Sugira scored within six minutes to create a 3-2 victory in Limbe. Morocco, who hope to become the first back-to-back winners of the competition for home-based players, topped Group C with seven points, Rwanda had five, Togo three and Uganda one.

However, if the Moroccans thought they could go on a scoring spree during the second half in port city Douala they were mistaken as Zambia showed fighting spirit that was absent earlier.

They not only prevented the defending champions scoring in the second half, but pulled one goal back with 10 minutes remaining through substitute Moses Phiri.

By winning, Morocco became the first title-holders in a competition reserved for home-based players to reach the semi-finals of the following edition.

They will face Cameroon in Limbe Wednesday in a potential blockbuster being labelled "the final before the final" by the local media.

Cameroon, who will be appearing in the penultimate stage for the first time, came from behind Saturday to win 2-1 against two-time champions the Democratic Republic of Congo.

CHAN newcomers Togo upset Uganda, Rwanda hold misfiring Morocco

  CHAN newcomers Togo upset Uganda, Rwanda hold misfiring Morocco Togo overcame the absence of coronavirus-hit coach Jean-Paul Abalo to upset Uganda 2-1 Friday and boost hopes of reaching the African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarter-finals at the first attempt. Before the Nations Championship kicked off last weekend, most pundits tipped Morocco to finish first and be accompanied to the quarter-finals by Uganda. But a Ugandan team coached by Johnny McKinstry from Northern Ireland must win their final group fixture, against Morocco next Tuesday, to have any chance of avoiding elimination.

While the Cameroonians will enjoy home advantage, the Moroccans have improved considerably after a sluggish start in which they edged Togo and were held by Rwanda.

Having scored just once, from a penalty, in two outings, they netted eight times against Uganda and Zambia with Rahimi bagging three and captain El Kaabi two.

The other semi-final, also on Wednesday, will be a west African affair between Mali and Guinea, with both reaching that stage for the second time.

Several hours after Morocco advanced, Guinea defeated Rwanda 1-0 in Limbe thanks to a goal direct from a free-kick by Morlaye Sylla on 60 minutes.

Both sides finished a mainly scrappy quarter-final match with 10 men after Guinean Mory Kante and Rwandan Olivier Kwizera were sent off.

Both offenders were initially yellow-carded before the referee changed his mind after using VAR.

Kante was dismissed for a knee-high tackle on Jacques Tuyisenge after 14 minutes, which forced the Rwanda captain to come off, and Kwizera was expelled for a last-defender foul 42 minutes later.

On Saturday, Mali pipped Congo Brazzaville 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

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