Zim, Morocco through to Chan quarters

2014-01-20 21:38

Zimbabwe will be the sole representative of Southern Africa in the quarterfinals of the African Nations Championship (Chan) after they beat Burkina Faso 1-0 at the Athlone Stadium.

Masimba Mambare scored the Warriors first and only goal in the group stages which ensured a victory.

Zimbabwe, who finished second to Morocco, will now meet Mali in the quarterfinals while Morocco, who beat Uganda 3-1 at the Cape Town Stadium, will meet Nigeria.

After two consecutive draws, Morocco needed an outright victory to qualify for the quarterfinals and they started brightly at the Cape Town Stadium as they took the game to Uganda.

But the Cranes of Uganda did not sit back and wait for the Atlas Lions to attack as they launched their own attacks as well.

It was the North Africans who opened the scoring in the first half through Abdessamad Rafik to give his team a hope of going through.

They were guilty of missed chances in their game against Burkina Faso when they failed to kill off the game and it seemed this was going to be the same situation.

They were made to pay when Uganda’s dangerous man Junior Sentamu equalised in the second half. But it was not to be as Morocco restored their lead 12 minutes before full time when substitute Iajour Mouhssine’s shot beat Uganda’s Julius Ntambi.

Uganda tried too hard to come back to the game and after Ronald Olaki missed inside the box, Morocco’s counter attack resulted in the third goal after Abdelkabir El Ouadi was set free and had the easiest of goals to score during referee’s optional time.

In the end Uganda ended like Bafana Bafana, as they went into the game on top of the group but finished outside the qualifying spot.

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