Holders Morocco off to a flier

Hosts Morocco got off to a flier in their Total Futsal Africa Cup of Nations campaign after beating 2008 champions Libya 3-0 in their opening match in Laayoune on Tuesday night.

First half goals from Saad Knia and Anas El Ayyane set Morocco going with Mohamed Jouad adding a third in a hotly contested second half. Libya had a chance late in the second half to pull one back, but Abdul Halim Al Serksia struck his penalty wide.

After dominating the early exchanges with Soufiane El Mesrar’s strike being saved by the Libyan keeper, the home side broke the deadlock after six minutes. They flew off on the counter with Idris Raiss setting up Knia at the edge of the arch, the latter slamming home.

The holders continued to dominate and had another chance but Jouad’s effort on the volley went wide. They were 2-0 up however after 12 minutes when El Ayyane played a little one two with Hamza Bouyouzani before toe poking the ball home.

Immediately after conceding the second, Libya called for a time out to try stem the tide, but couldn’t change much as they went to the breather trailing 2-0.

They were better in the second half, but couldn’t just get the chances to count. Ibrahim Lamhammel found himself one on one with the Moroccan keeper but couldn’t finish, hitting straight to the keeper.

But Morocco sealed the game with nine minutes left to play. Some beautiful piece of team play saw Raiss set up Jouad who in turn slammed the ball home with a powerful shot.

With the result, Morocco go top of Group A on goal difference with Equatorial Guinea second after their opening match 4-2 victory over Mauritius.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)

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