Late winner hands Morocco African title

Late winner hands Morocco African title
24 April 2016 08:50

Morocco were crowned African champions for the first time after beating Egypt 3-2 in the final on Sunday at the Ellis Park Indoor Arena, Johannersburg.

Captain Adil Habil scored the winner two minutes from time to stun favourites Egypt and cap their fairy-tale run at the championship with the ultimate.

The Moroccans came from behind twice in the hotly contested game that witnessed four goals in the first half.

Three-time winners Egypt were looking forward to extend their dominance with a fourth title and deservingly took the lead on 12 minutes through Mostafa Eid, who finished off a superb counter with a shot past Morocco goalie Rabie Zaari from close range.

The lead will last for a minute before Mohamed Jouad restored parity, cutting short the celebrations of the Egyptians.

The Pharaohs survived a scare from the Moroccans after Youness El Asas saw his goal-bound shot rattle the post with Ibrahim Mohamed completely beaten.

Eid fired Egypt into the lead for the second time from yet another counter attack on 18 minutes but Bilal Bakkali equalized just before the break.

The second half was a balanced affair with both sides making clear their intent for the winner.

And it was Morocco who had the last laugh grabbing the decisive goal courtesy Habil two minutes from time to settle matters.

Newly crowned champions, Morocco, Egypt and Mozambique will represent Africa at the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup scheduled for 10 September to 1 October in Colombia.

Final ranking
1 – Morocco
2 – Egypt
3 – Mozambique

Fair Play trophy
Mozambique

Top scorer
Ricardo Lenio Mendes Muendane (Mozambique) – 10 goals


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