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Last Updated: Monday, 21 January 2008, 16:57 GMT
Group A results



By Ben Wyatt

Soufiane Alloudi
Alloudi scored a hat-trick within 18 minutes in the first half
Morocco thrashed a hapless Namibian side in Accra thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Soufiane Alloudi.

Alloudi scored within two minutes after Maroune Chamakh hit the post, his second came three minutes later, before Brian Brendell hit back for Namibia.

A cross from Tarik Sektioui set up Alloudi's headed third, Sektioui then scored himself from the penalty spot.

Moncef Zerka came off the bench to convert the Atlas Lions' fifth, heading in a corner at the back post.

In an almost empty Ohene Djan stadium, in Accra, Morocco were quick to make their mark and took the lead after only two minutes, thanks to a close-range effort from Alloudi.

Chamakh latched onto a long ball and burst into the Namibian area before striking against the post. The ball fell back at Chamakh's feet allowing him to play in Alloudi for a simple finish.

The second for Alloudi came after five minutes when the Al Ain player played a one-two on the edge of the area before flicking over the advancing Michael Pienaar and slotting home past goalkeeper Abisia Shiningayamwe.

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The Atlas Lions were in total control with Youssef Safri a dominating figure in the centre of the north African's midfield. Namibia's warriors may be brave in name, but they desperately needed someone to retain possession.

Youssef Hadji was next to go close, again troubling the Namibian defence by winning a ball in the air before hitting his shot at the keeper.

The Brave Warriors, however, were not too disheartened and they struck back against the run of play after 23 minutes.

Hamburg's Collin Benjamin sliced open the Moroccan defence with a through ball to Brian Brendell who struck home with panache from 20 yards to get his side back in the game.

The goal was Namibia's first ever against Morocco, but their defence still looked desperately shaky, especially from balls delivered in the air.

On 28 minutes the weakness was revealed again, when Sektioui broke down the left wing and delivered a pin-point cross to the back post for the unmarked Alloudi to head home and claim his hat-trick.

Shots continued to rain-in on Namibia's Shiningayamwe. First a 25-yard free kick from Safri, then a rasping shot from Sektioui on the left wing.

Namibia were struggling to cope with Morocco's pace and technique and their plight worsened when Michael Chretien was brought down in the area by Jamunavandu Ngatjizeko.

A penalty was awarded and Sektioui calmly struck home from the spot to give the Atlas Lions a three-goal advantage at half-time.

The onslaught continued in the second half as Morocco held a monopoly on possession and goal-scoring opportunities.

Namibia became increasingly frustrated, as they weighed in with some poorly-timed tackles and were punished with a flurry of yellow cards.

Morocco's French coach Henri Michel saw an opportunity to make some changes - the injured Alloudi, who had been target of some rough tackles, was taken off while Sektioui was replaced with Hicham Aboucherouane of Esperance.

Hadji's last action on the pitch was to shoot wide from fifteen yards before he was substituted on 70 minutes for Zerka who plays for French club side Nancy.

And the new personnel conjured another goal to complete the rout - Zerka rising at the back post to head home a corner and score his first goal for the Atlas Lions.


Namibia: Shiningayamwe, Piennar, Gariseb, April (Shatimuene 46), Benjamin, Ngatjizeko, Jacobs (Swartbooi 77), Risser, Brendell, Bester (Pineas 64), Kaimbi.
Subs Not Used: Tjihonge, Baisako, Kambonde, Katupose, Nakuta, Ngarizemo, Plaatjies, Toromba, Mbaha.

Booked: Jacobs, Benjamin, Gariseb, Ngatjizeko, Kaimbi.

Goals: Brendell 23.

Morocco: Fouhami, El Kaddouri, Basser, Ouaddou, Erbate, Safri, Kabous, Hadji (Zerka 70), Alloudi (Mokhtari 63), Sektioui (Aboucherouane 67), Chamakh.
Subs Not Used: Bagui, Alioui, Chahiri, El Karkouri, El-Moubarki, Kharja, Kissi, Mahdoufi, Lamyaghri.

Booked: El Kaddouri.

Goals: Alloudi 2, 5, 28, Sektioui 40 pen, Zerka 74.

Att: 2,000

Ref: Evehe Devine (Cameroon).



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