- Feedback on the CHAN 2020 won by Morocco
- Mali fails in final while Guinea finishes third
- CHAN is reserved for players playing on the African continent
Sacred at home in 2018, Morocco won the CAF African Nations Championship for the second time in a row, a continental competition reserved only for players playing on the Mother Continent.
In the end, the Atlas Lions beat Mali (0-2) on February 7. Winner 2-0 from Cameroon, Guinea completes the podium of this sixth edition of CHAN which took place this year in Cameroon. Back to the main information to remember from the tournament.
👑 The champion 🇲🇦
The first team in history to succeed each other on this throne, the Morocco signed a near-perfect course, putting aside the draw conceded to Rwanda on the second day of the group stage (0-0). If he conceded only three goals, it is especially offensively that he was able to make the difference, carried by a Soufiane Rahimi on fire. Elected best player and scorer of the tournament, the winger of Raja de Casablanca scored five of 15 Moroccan goals. However, he did not score in the final, leaving the spotlight to his goalkeeper Anas Zniti, impressive in the cages and named man of the match.
🤝 The finalist 🇲🇱
Unlike Morocco, the Mali managed to reach the final thanks, above all, to his defensive strength. He has admittedly only scored three goals in six matches, but he still managed to climb to the last step, notably winning his quarter and semi-finals against Congo and Guinea respectively, in the ‘from penalty shootouts. The two games ended with a draw and a blank score after 120 minutes. Having left feathers there, the Eagles however gave in in the final in the face of the formidable Moroccan attack.
🔢 The state
2 – With this second title in its record, Morocco equals the number of victories in the competition of DR Congo. Mali bowed for the second time in the CHAN final after its defeat in 2016 against… the DR Congo!
🤔 Did you know ?
. Lions crowned … and tamed : If Cameroon has succeeded in its CHAN in terms of organization, the same cannot be said at the sporting level. Severely beaten in the semi-final (0-4) by the future Moroccan champions, the Indomitable Lions hoped to end on a high note by finishing on the podium for the first time in their history. But Guinea decided otherwise, winning an unprecedented bronze medal.
. The revenge of El Kaabi : Scorer nine times during the 2018 edition of CHAN, Ayoub El Kaabi announced himself as THE star of Atlas Lions at the dawn of this new competition. But the captain and center forward of Morocco was ultimately little in sight, only finding the net twice, each time from a penalty … until the final, which he sealed the fate of a header diving victorious in the 79th minute. A beautiful revenge!
. Diarra, unhappy hero : “Having the power to save your team, at a penalty shoot-out, when a whole people are counting on you, is a unique sensation”, explained Djigui Diarra at the microphone of FIFA.com after a CHAN 2016 during which he had already impressed. Five years later, the Mali goalkeeper has once again distinguished himself, once again tasting the joys of a penalty shootout. But as in 2016, Diarra could not do anything in the final. “I am convinced that we will have the opportunity to redeem ourselves”, he announced in 2016.
“I congratulate Mali and their coach Nouhoum Diane for their participation in the competition. Reaching the final is an achievement. For us, we came here with a team changed at 65% and a new staff. It was therefore about write our story and win for ourselves. Today’s final was difficult but we did the main thing, win and I believe we deserve the victory “- Houcine Ammouta, coach of Morocco’s A ‘team