The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be a formidable opponent for the Atlas Lions of Morocco as they clash in the quarterfinals of the CHAN 2014 competition next Saturday. The Super Eagles are being considered to be the best attacking side in the tournament after the first round, with nine goals scored as compared to the Moroccan side that has scored only four.
The Moroccan side on the hand has better statistics in the defensive department, having conceded just two goals so far, as compared to Nigeria which has conceded four goals in three outings.
The Coach of the Lions, Hassan Benabicha, knows what to expect against Nigeria in the contest, and has warned his team against complacency.
The Atlas Lions have seven players from Moroccan champions and FIFA World Club Cup finalists Raja Casablanca.
The most dangerous of those players is striker Mouhcine Iajour, who scored the superb all-important second goal against Uganda in their final group match.
Mouhcine was among the Club World Cup’s top scorers, where he won the bronze ball, after advancing with Raja Casablanca into the final which they played against European champions Bayern Munich.
For a place in the semifinals of the CHAN 2014 Morocco will have to beat Nigeria, which eliminated the host country, South Africa (3-1).
The game between these countries is expected to be explosive as both sides dream of winning the CHAN title on their debut.
Both countries have met 18 times at full international level with Morocco having upper hand, winning eight games against the six by Nigeria. Four have ended in draws.