Ammouta: Morocco determined to re-write CHAN history

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Morocco’s Atlas Lions coach Houcine Ammouta said they want to re-write history by becoming the first team to retain the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) title.

Morocco qualified for the final of the sixth edition of CHAN tournament after humbling hosts Cameroon 4-0 at the semi-final stage on Wednesday in Limbe.

“There is no team that has retained the CHAN title. We want to become the first team to achieve this and we remain positive taking one step at a time,” said Ammouta.

He made it clear that winning the CHAN 2020 title will be a pleasure for the team and all the people of Morocco. “We are very motivated to achieve this objective that we set before coming for the competition,” he added.

Ammouta said as a coach he is proud of his players for coming this far in the tournament because they are a young team. “More than half of the players that won the 2018 CHAN title are not with us and many with the team now don’t have the experience,” explained the coach.

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Regarding facing Mali in the final on Sunday, Ammouta said he expects a very tough encounter because any team that gets to a final should never be underrated. “We know what strategies to use when facing Mali and we expect a very tough match,” added the Morocco coach.

The Atlas Lions have scored a record 13 goals in their five matches played at the tournament so far and conceded three. They started with a 1-0 victory against Togo before being held to a goalless draw against Rwanda.

Ammouta’s team defeated Uganda Cranes 5-2 in their last group game before seeing off Zambia 3-1 at the quarter final stage and 4-0 against Cameroon in the semis. Morocco’s Soufiane Rahimi is also the current leading scorer with 5 goals.