Brilliant Morocco dent hosts’ hopes after thrashing Cameroon four times to reach second consecutive African Nations Championship final

Holders Morocco crushed home hopes by eliminating Cameroon 4-0 in Limbe on Wednesday and will meet Mali in Sunday’s African Nations Championship final.

While a semifinals clash against any opponent won’t be an easy task, Morocco were much more intense when meeting one of African best nations Cameroon in the semifinals of the Africa Nations Championship.

But the North Africans made the game a one-sided affair after comfortably seeing off the hosts in Limbe.

Soufiane Rahimi netted twice after Soufiane Bouhtini had opened the scoring in the 28th minute to ensure an emphatic win for Morocco who remained on course to defend their title.

Mohammed Ali Bemammer added the fourth goal eight minutes from time and seems they will go unbeaten to lift the 2020 edition in Cameroon but have to be very careful of final opponents Mali.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mali’s Mamadou Coulibaly converted the decisive spot-kick to send them through to the final in Yaounde with a penalty shootout win over neighbours Guinea.

Mali won 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw in Japoma Stadium in Douala.

The tournament, for quasi-national teams made up of domestic-based players, has also been a test for Cameroon before they host next January’s Africa Cup of Nations finals, which have been postponed by a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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