2018 CHAN: Hosts Morocco Call For Focus Ahead Of Libya Tie

Morocco Fans during the 2018 Chan football game between Morocco and Guinea at Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca, Morocco on 17 January 2018 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Morocco head coach Jamal Sellami is banking on the experience of his players for a spot in the finals of the ongoing African Nations Championship.

The hosts face Libya in the first semifinal scheduled for Wednesday January 31 at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.

Morocco still remain unbeaten in the tournament and reached the semis following a 2-1 win over Namibia. Libya meanwhile have lost once and edged Congo 5-3 in post-match penalties to reach the semis.

Speaking ahead of the match, Sellami called on his experienced players to take charge, also insisting the need of focus in a tough game like this.

“Tomorrow (Wednesday), it will be a good game and we’re ready. I told my players in matches like this you need your big players to turn up and we have experienced players to do that,’’ said Sellami.

“We were able to control our last against Namibia and we scored in key moments and made good changes in the process.

“Libya has a good team and we know we will play against a great team. We need to focus and not to make mistakes against Libya. My players have a lot of experience on the pitch.

“We’re working with the mental state of our players because I believe tomorrow (Wednesday) will be tougher. The two countries have a mutual respect and that translates to the two football federations and the people but we have a match to play and we want to win.

“I completely trust my players and we have a good balance in our team. Abdelilah Hafidi has only played two matches but we have managed to bring players who really did well and we hope luck will be on our side.

“We have many players who have been contacted by foreign clubs but these players want to stay and defend the colours of our nation,’’ he added.

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