Nigeria came back from conceding three first-half goals against Morocco to advance into the semi-final of the ongoing African Nation Championship (CHAN) on Saturday.
The Super Eagles went into the half-time break hoping to surmount a three-goal deficit, which came within seven minutes of rash defending against set-pieces and zone plays.
Raja Casblanca forward Mohsine Moutaouali opened scoring for the Atlas Lions when he lobbed past Nigerian goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim.
Lajour Mouhssine curled home a free-kick over the Nigerians wall to double the North Africans’ lead in the 38th minute.
Moutaouali completed his brace five minutes to the interval, leaving the Coach Stephen Keshi-tutored side with a steep cliff to scale.
The home-based Eagles were mindful of the nature of the task in their hands and got off well in the second-half to the delight of the Nigeria supporters gathered at the Cape Town Stadium.
Ugonna Uzochukwu started Nigeria’s revival 4 minutes after the restart when he controlled a pass with his chest and shot past Nadir Lamyaghri in goal for Morocco.
Rabiu Ali then shot into the bottom corner from a substitute, Barnabas Imenger Jr. pass to make it 3-2 before a cracking finish from Ejike Uzoenyi on the stroke of injury-time forced the tie into extra-time.
With scored still settled at 3-3 after the first-half extra-time, the match looked to be headed for the lottery of the penalty shoot-out but a lacklustre goalkeeping from the Moroccan goalkeeper made the difference.
Nasarawa united forward Abubakar Ibrahim sealed victory for the African champions after Nadir failed to handle an Uzoenyi’s cross in the seventh minute of second-half extra-time.
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