Soufiane Rahimi was the two-goal hero for title holders Morocco as they produced one of their best displays of the tournament to beat hosts Cameroon 4-0 to reach the final of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).
The Atlas Lions kept alive their hopes of retaining the title as they breezed past the Indomitable Lions in the semi-final game at the Limbe Stadium to a line-up a clash with Mali in this Sunday’s final in Yaounde.
First half goals by Soufiane Bouftini and Soufiane Rahimi put the North Africans in firm control of the match as they silenced the vociferous home fans.
Rahimi scored his second on the night and his tournaments fifth before Mohammed Ali Bemammer wrapped up the emphatic victory for the title holders.
Morocco could have won the match by a wider margin but striker Ayoub El Kaabi was unlucky in a one-on-one situation with Cameroon keeper Haschou Kerrido in the first-half but the result was enough to keep the Atlas Lions excited for the final.
Mali reached the CHAN final for the first time after defeating Guinea 5-4 via penalties after the match ended in barren draw in regular and extra time.
Mamadou Coulibaly sent Guinea substitute goalkeeper Sekouba Camara the wrong way with the final kick of the match to secure the Eagles’ place in the final.
This was after Sylli National playmaker Morlaye Sylla fluffed his side’s final kick while Coulibaly ensured that Mali converted all their kicks to spark a wild jubilation.
Cameroon and Guinea will meet in a third place play off on Saturday while Morocco and Mali meet in the final a day later.
All the matches will be broadcast live on KBC channel 1 TV.