The final of the ongoing Championship for African Nations (CHAN) will be between hosts, Morocco, and Nigeria. Morocco beat Libya 3 – 1 whiles Nigeria managed a one-nil victory against Sudan.
Playing at a packed Complexe Mohammed V in Casablanca, Morocco needed extra time to beat fellow north Africans Libya on Wednesday evening. The first-half ended goalless but on the 73rd minutes mark CHAN record top scorer Ayoub El Kaabi scored.
The lead was cancelled thirteen minutes later as Libya’s Abdulrahm Khalleefah hit an equalizer sending the game into extra time.
El Kaabi extended his scoring record with a goal in the first part of the extra time. Morocco sealed a dominant performance when Walid El Karti scored a penalty to put the result beyond Libya.
In the other fixture between Nigeria and Sudan at the Grande Stade Marrakech, it was the west Africans who took a first-half lead through Gabriel Okechukwu’s 16th minute goal.
The dynamics of the game changed in the second-half as Nigeria’s Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was sent off. Both managers quickly tinkered with their squads with a number of quick substitutions. But Nigeria held on to set up a final with the hosts.
The third-place match is scheduled for Marrakech on February 3 between losing semi-finalists Libya and Sudan whiles the final will be in Casablanca on Sunday February 4, 2018.
Tunisian President Beji Essebsi hospitalised.
Nigeria: Residents Cry For Help After Ilorin Flood
Residents of Olunlade Area in Ilorin, Kwara state, complained bitterly about the havoc wrecked by flood on their property as buildings, cars and shops were troubled by heavy downpour.
According to reports, the area experienced a heavy downpour around 4pm on Wednesday which lasted for about three hours.
One of the victims, Mr Femi Olaoye, whose house was taken over by flood, said he was helpless as the water entered his siting room and kitchen.
“I was bitter and sad as there is nothing I could do to stop the flood from entering my house. It was only me and my two children at home. I wept bitterly to witness such terrible occurrence.
“All my electronics were damaged beyond repair. Even the bedroom has turned to swimming pool. I am confused,”
Another resident, Mr Yusuf Taiwo said the flood came as a nightmare to him as his furniture, bookshelf and electronics were destroyed by the flood.
“Even some vital documents that I placed on the floor in my room have been destroyed by the flood.
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