The 2018 African Nations Championship was the fifth edition of CHAN. Initially scheduled in Kenya, it took place in Morocco from 12 January to 4 February 2018 with sixteen (16) teams taking place in the finals. Record forty-eight (48) teams played in the qualifiers that were played on Zonal basis.
The finals saw the sixteen teams divided on four groups. Group A had the hosts Morocco with Guinea, Mauritania and Sudan. Group B included Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia, while Group C had Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Nigeria and Rwanda. Group D included Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Congo.
Hosts Morocco kicked off the tournament with a 4-0 win over Mauritania in the opening match. They topped Group A to reach the quarterfinals alongside Sudan. Zambia and Namibia qualified from Group B on seven points each, while Nigeria and Libya qualified from Group C. Congo and Angola reached the quarterfinals from Group D.
In the quarters, Morocco prevailed 2-0 over Namibia, while Sudan stunned Zambia 1-0 to reach the semifinals. Nigeria needed an extra-time goal to oust Angola 2-1, while Libya won Congo 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in extra-time.
Morocco scored twice in extra-time to beat Libya 3-1 and reach the final, while Nigeria defeated Sudan 1-0 in the other semifinal. Sudan finished third after beating Libya 4-2 on penalties following 1-1 draw in regular time.
In the final, it was a Champions performance from the Atlas Lions as they thrashed Nigeria 4-0 to win the trophy in grand style. Zakaria Hadraf scored before the break, and added another in the second half, before Waleed El Karti and Ayoub El Kaabi (who finished the tournament as Top Scorer on record nine goals) put the cherry on top of the cake for the hosts.