Morocco finished the Chan 2014 group stage in bright fashion to book their place in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 win over Uganda in Cape Town on Monday
Morocco overwhelmed the Cranes of Uganda 3-1 in Group B’s final match day to sail through to the quarterfinals of the 2014 African Nations Championship.
Goals from Abdessamad Rafik, Iajour Mouhssine and Abdelkbir El Ouadi sealed the North Africans’ huge win at the Cape Town Stadium on Monday although the Ugandans had one goal as well.
The match began with quite a balanced engagement, as both sides battled for domination in the early exchanges, with Morocco mostly opting for counterattacks through the flanks while Uganda chose to proceed with interplay from the midfield.
The Cranes were able to push the Atlas Lions inside their back half, claiming a number of corner kicks in the process but with Morocco goalkeeper Lamyaghri standing up to dangerous efforts.
The Lions’ multiple counterattacks paid off in the 29th minute, when El Ouadi jinked into the Uganda box and laid for Abdessamad Rafik, who tapped it home from the far post to put his side ahead.
The Cranes came close to pull level from a corner kick but efforts from Lamyaghri and a defender denied them.
Uganda would push in vain for the rest of the first half in search of an equaliser as Morocco went for the break with an inspiring one-goal lead.
Nicholas Wadada was introduced into the fray replacing Julius Ntambi for Uganda as the second half began with their side showing stronger intensions.
Yunus Sentamu equalised for Uganda by the hour mark after claiming back a ball he earlier chipped to Kayizzi before slotting to the side of Lamyaghri.
Morocco exhausted their three-man substitutions within 10 minutes in a bid to retake the lead as Uganda pressed on, with a close range onrushing header from Olaki nearly got past Lamyaghri.
Iajour Mouhssine put the Atlas Lions ahead once more in the 77th minute after linking a low cross from El Mobarky, as the Ugandans failed to clear their lines in the heat of the moment.
The Cranes continued to pour forth but a late minute strike from Abdelkbir El Ouadi put the nail in their coffin as they bow out of the competition with four good points while Morocco finished as leaders of Group B and qualify to the next stage.