Morocco became the first African nation to qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 by defeating Mozambique 4-1 in the 2016 CAF Futsal Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals at the Ellis Park Indoor Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“I set myself a target of qualifying for the World Cup, and thanks to God, we achieved it. I had promised to resign if we fail to qualify for a new trainer to takeover. It was not the requirement of the federation though. Now, victory in the final will be the icing on the cake,” Morocco coach Hicham Dguig told CAFonline.com after the final whistle.
In the other semi-final, three-time Africa Cup of Nations winners Egypt beat Zambia 5-4 in a thrilling match. Mostafa Eid scored three goals for the Pharaohs, but Zambia put forth a valiant comeback effort after being 4-1 down. However, they didn't have enough to level at the end and will need a bright performance in the match for third place on Sunday in order to qualify for Colombia.
Egypt and Morocco will play in the final on Sunday, while Mozambique and Zambia will go head-to-head, battling for the last ticket to Colombia 2016.