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Hosts and defending champions Morocco will face three-time winners Egypt in Friday’s final in Laayoune after thrashing Angola 4-0 on Wednesday night.

This will be a repeat of the last edition in South Africa in 2016 where the Moroccans won 3-2 to clinch their first title.

Egypt had earlier booked a slot in the final after hitting Libya 5-2.

The two have thus automatically qualified for the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup which will be held in Lithuania. Angola will face Libya in the play-off to determine the third team to join the two finalists at the World Cup.

While Egypt is looking to clinch a record extending fourth title, Morocco are looking to successfully defend the diadem they won for the first time four years ago.

They were commanding against the Angolans with a brace from Achraf Mohamed Saoud adding on to goals from Mohamed Jouad and Hamza Bouyouzan.

Backed by their rapturous home fans, Morocco always were going to be favorites heading into this tie, and they took the maximum home advantage heading into the break with a healthy 3-0 scoreline.

Some patient build up saw the Moroccans break the deadlock after seven minutes of play, Saoud scoring from the baseline after being picked out by a peach of a pass from Abdelatif Fati.

Less than a minute of play later, Morocco were 20 up when Jouad struck a brilliant shot on the volley, straight from a corner after Anas El Ayyane cited him unmarked at the edge of the arch.

They completely dominated the Angolans, keeping possession and playing patiently and with three minutes and 46 seconds to go, they stretched their lead further when Saoud rifled a shot past a dazed Angola keeper after Morocco turned over possession with Fati playing his mate through on the left.

Angola came back with some determination of sorts in the second half and they pushed Morocco to try get back into the game. They had a brilliant chance halfway through when they turned back possession and Joao Cambangula put through Antonio Cassimo, but he took too much time on the ball allowing Morocco to come back and block his final effort.

They were punished immediately when Bouyouzan scored the fourth.

Source: cafonline

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