Morocco, with its home crowd advantage, was arguably the team to beat in the CHAN finals and the team went on to put four goals past opponents Nigeria in an impressive display.

The Atlas Lions took the lead through a Zakaria Hadraf strike on the stroke of half-time, after immense pressure on Nigeria in the early exchanges.

In the second period, Nigeria suffered a further setback after Peter Eneji Moses was dismissed in the 48th minute for a second yellow-card offense.

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An unrelenting Morocco went on to grab two goals in quick succession, the first by Walid El Karti on the 60-minute mark and a second by Hadraf only four minutes later. Then the CHAN tournament’s top scorer, Ayoub El Kaabi, grabbed the fourth goal – which was also his ninth strike in the tournament.

This was Morocco’s first major continental title since winning the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations. The victory created a record-winning margin for a CHAN final, bettering the three-goal victories of Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Morocco is rumoured to have pocketed a record US$1,25 million (about one million euros) having justified their pre-tournament role as the favourites to win the fifth CHAN.

Meanwhile, in the third-place play-off match at Marrakech Stadium, Sudan overcame Libya to take third place. Sudan beat Libya 4-2 in a tense post-match penalty shoot-out.