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Football | CHAN 2018

Morocco, Guinea lock horns in Casablanca

Morocco will be aiming to build on their impressive start to the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) on home soil with victory over Guinea in a Group A showdown at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 6:30pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).

The Atlas Lions got their campaign off to the perfect start with a 4-0 thumping of Mauritania at the very same venue this past weekend.

Morocco found it difficult to break down a stubborn Mauritanian outfit, but following Ayoub El Kaabi's opener in the 66th minute, the floodgates opened.

The RS Berkane player bagged a brace with Ismail El Haddad and Achraf Bencharki also getting their names on the scoresheet in what ultimately ended in a comfortable outing for the hosts.

Moroccan national team coach Jamal Sellami and midfielder Salaheddine Saidi credited their opponents in the aftermath of the clash, while also highlighting the importance of their upcoming fixtures.

"The opening match is always difficult," said Sellami. “Our first goal netted in the second half pushed us forward."

Saidi added in an interview with KweséESPN: "We were playing in front of our own fans and the first match is always a bit complicated.

"In the second half, we came back into the game well focused and we made the most of our chances. The key thing was to take three points, and I hope it will continue like that for the next game."

In contrast, Guinea will be eager to bounce back following defeat to Sudan in their opening game of the tournament.

Sékou Camara pulled the Syli Nationale level in the 55th minute of the game, but the Falcons of Jediane would walk away with the spoils with a late goal securing them a 2-1 win over the West African nation, who finished fourth at the 2016 showpiece in Rwanda.


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