Morocco got a fine starts in the Women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament with a 1-0 victory against Burkina Faso in Rabat.
A goal from Ghizlane Chebbak in the first-half was enough to earn the Atlas Lionesses their first win and 3 points in the opening match of the Women’s African Cup of Nations tournament in Rabat, Morocco.
The captain of the host, Ghizlane Chebbak finds the net midway in the first half with a free-kick which passes through the face of the Burkinabe goalkeeper, Mariam Ouattara who was unable to stop the ball and make a save.
Morocco midfielder Salma Amani, who was very impressive in the match, got a chance to double their lead from a close range late in the first half, but she placed it over after Burkina Faso hardworking defender, Assanatou Nako cleared the ball off the line.
The Moroccans who wasted couple of chances in the second half were exited to win their second match at the tournament since 1998 when they defeated Egypt 4-1.
Despite the early goal conceded and the cramps suffered by the Burkinabes, they exhibited a fighting spirit late in the match which could have led them to score a goal. But due to the great goalkeeping from Khedija Errmichi, who brilliantly denied substitute Limata Nikiema, the Moroccans finished the match with all smiles.
The Cranes of Uganda will face Senegal in the second match, in Group A on Sunday. In Group B, Cameroon will lock horns with Zambia and Tunisia will be facing Togo.