By Beng Emmanuel
The head coach of Morocco Hussein Ammouta admitted ‘it won’t be easy’ to defend the title when they face the Eagles of Mali in the final of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Sunday at the Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium.
Morocco, who became the first nation to reach consecutive final are aiming to become only the first nation in the history of the CHAN to win back-to-back titles. They could also equal the record of the Democratic Republic of Congo for most trophies won (2) at the continental tournament reserved exclusively for home based players.
“We hope to clinch our second CHAN trophy in our second final in the tournament. But we know that it won’t be easy. We will have to replicate the same efforts and performance that we displayed during our previous games especially during the quarter-final and semi-final”
“Everything is possible if we take the game with utmost seriousness and be very determined. And also address some issues to ensure we do not concede. We continue to pay attention to the details,” coach Ammouta said during a Pre-match press conference in Yaoundé Saturday.
The team is upbeat they have the mettle to outclass Mali but believe they must be able to reproduce their stunning and master-class display during the group and knockout stages to emerge victorious.
“We have scored an impressive number of goals. And also the possibility of creating clear-cut goal scoring chances. We are very offensive. And I hope that in the final we will be put in the same efforts to ensure that we create good openings to enable us score goals”.
“I think Mali is a team that defends well. They have conceded only once since the start of the 2020 CHAN. We have to be more determined to score against them. I have told my players to remain focus because matches are never the same. It is going to be a different game but I think we are in a better position to win the game tomorrow”.
The defending African Nations Championship champions are banking on their potent attack and highly impressive offensive play to deny Mali their maiden continental crown. Despite scoring an incredible thirteen (13) goals in five games, the Atlas Lions are aware much will be needed to crack through a solid Mali defence, who have conceded only once since the start of the tournament.
“We have been preparing to grab this trophy two years ago. We are here to win and defend our title. We will do everything to return with the trophy back to Morocco. And we will dedicate it to the King and the entire population of Morocco”- Walid Sabbar a representative of the players re-echoed the team’s ambitions during the presser.
Morocco will face Mali in the final of the CHAN this Sunday at the Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium. The game begins at 8PM.
CHAN 2020 FINAL
Sunday February 7, 2020
Mali vs Morocco
Venue : Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium