Morocco have won the TOTALCHAN2020 championship, beating Mali 2-0 and making history as the first country to win the tournament back-to-back.
Two second-half headers by Abdelmouna Boutouil and captain Ayoub El Kaabi sealed the historic victory for the champions.
The final match was played at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaounde, Cameroon today, with Kenyan Peter Waweru Kamaku, officiating.
Mali put up a bold challenge, but it was not enough to stop the Atlas Lions to clinch the title exclusively for home-based players.
The Atlas Lions repeated the success on home soil three years ago by a margin that hardly looked possible as the Eagles stood toe-to-toe with the favourites for over an hour.
Mali also felt their luck deserted them, but ultimately Morocco ran out victorious to revive the memories of the 4-0 victory over Nigeria in the CHAN 2018 final in Casablanca.
Morocco star player, midfielder Soufiane Rahimi swept the top awards, winning the best player and top scorers awards.
The 24-year-old, who plays for Raja Casablanca topped the scoring charts with five goals.
He also received three Man of the Match awards during the three-week tournament.
Legendary Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o presented the top scorer award to Rahimi on Sunday night.
What they said
Houcine Ammouta, Morocco coach
“First of all I will congratulate Mali and coach Diane Nouhoum for their run in the competition. Reaching the final is a feat. For us we came here with a changed team by 65% and a new staff. So it was about writing our own story and winning for ourselves. Today’s final was difficult but we did the essential, won and I believe we merit the victory plus the trophy”
Nouhoum Diané, Mali coach
“We came to win our first trophy but faced a very good Morocco side, I believe they were the best team in the tournament. Today’s game was decided on little details, I want to congratulate coach Hussein. We return home and continue to work for the best in future,”