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CHAN 2018: Morocco Beats Namibia to Reach Semi-Finals

30 January 2018

Morocco overcame South African country Namibia 2-0 in Casablanca to qualify for the semi finals of the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) semi final on Saturday.

Namibia pushed hard to come back, and were unlucky to have a goal disallowed on 69 minutes when Keimuine headed in from an Iimbondi free kick, but the referee disallowed the goal for an infringement in Morocco's box.

Yet the Atlas Lions showed great initiative and quick-thinking in the 37th minute when playmaker Walid El Karti took a quick free-kick before Namibia's defence could organise themselves, allowing striker Ayoub El Kaabi to go clean through and break the deadlock with a simple finish past goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua.

The Atlas Lions will know their opponents in the semi-finals at the end of Sunday's match between Congo and Libya.

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Ayoub El Kaabi gave the North Africans the lead in the 35th minute through a quickly taken free-kick.

At the 55th minute, Morocco doubled the score through a fantastic goal netted by Salah Eddine Saidi.

Moments before, El Kaabi thought he had scored his seventh of the tournament as he got in behind the Namibian defence and flicked the ball past the keeper only for the ball to be cleared away for the corner that resulted in the goal.

Unknown outside Morocco before the tournament for home-based footballers kicked off, El Kaabi scored twice against Mauritania and put three past Guinea in group games.Should he continue to impress, Morocco World Cup coach Herve Renard may be tempted to give him a chance in warm-up matches ahead of the global showpiece in Russian Federation from mid-June.

CHAN 2018: Morocco Beats Namibia to Reach Semi-Finals