African Nations Championship Chan match report Group B Morocco beat Uganda
Posted: 20 January 2014 Time: 21:36
Morocco booked their spot in the African Nations Championship last-eight after a hard-fought 3-1 win over Uganda at Cape Town Stadium on Monday night.
Abdessad Rafik, Lajour Mouhssine and Abdelkbir El Ouadi scored for the north Africans, who progressed as Group B winners alongside Zimbabwe. The Warriors defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 at Athlone Stadium on the same evening.
Morocco will face continental champions Nigeria in the next round, while Zimbabwe will take on Mali.
The Lions of the Atlas, who needed a victory to advance, started well with an early goal through Rafik. Midfielder Fatah Said curved in a delightful cross that Rafik slotted well past Uganda’s goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan.
Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s team resorted to tight defending as the Moroccans dominated play.
After the interval Micho replaced Julius Ntambi for the off colour Nicholas Wadada and the substitution paid dividends as the Cranes started to attack in numbers. Junior Yunus Sentamu equalised for Uganda in the 60th minute after finishing off a chipped Vincent Kayizzi cross.
The Cranes pushed forward, but were again caught off guard in defense as Ntambi failed to clear the ball and substitute Mouhssine made it 2-1 for Morocco.
Uganda tried to attack in numbers and were caught on the break, as El Quadi slotted the ball in to an empty net after his first attempt had been parried back by Ugandan goalkeeper Ochan.
It was a bad ending for the Cranes who had hoped to make history and qualify for their first ever quarter final in a major CAF tournament. They were also knocked out in the first round of the 2011 edition of the event, held in Khartoum, Sudan.