Soufiane Bouftini broke the goal drought in the 69th minute with a header that easily saw the back of Mali’s net. 10 minutes after the first goal, the Moroccan captain Ayoub el Kaabi doubled the lead to ensure the victory.
The Kenyan referee, Peter Waweru had a hard time calming the game down. It was stopped on a number of occasions following numerous disagreements from players on both sides. The better team, however, came out on top at the end of it all.
This loss, on Mali’s side, became their second loss on the finals of the African Nations Football tournament.
Morocco won five of six matches at the tournament reserved for home-based players. They scored 15 goals and conceded only three as they matched DR. Congo as two-time champions. They went into the game as favorites having scored 12 goals against Uganda, Zambia, and the hosts Cameroon.
Mali had managed to score one goal in their last three outings. Mali’s quarter-final and the semi-final against Congo Brazzaville and Guinea respectively ended in goalless draws. The side, however, managed to eliminate the competition in penalty shootouts; thereby advancing to the finals against Morocco.
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