Morocco, the host nation and one of the tournament favourites, qualified for the quarter-finals of the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) 2018 after their second win in two games.
Morocco beat Guinea 3-1 on Wednesday while Sudan also earned their ticket to the quarters with a 1-0 win over Mauritania.
Morocco, who had resoundingly beaten Mauritania in the opening match (4-0), was held in check (1-1) for just over an hour before Ayoub El-Kaabi’s completed his awesome show with a hat-trick.
Following his two goals against Mauritania, the 24-year-old striker is now the tournament’s top scorer with five goals in two games.
Sudan, meanwhile, beat Mauritania 1-0 to score two wins in as many games.
Morocco 3 Guinea 1
Morocco: Kaabi (26,64,68)
Guinea: Saidouba (28)
Sudan 1 Mauritania 0
Sudan: Musa (30)
Group A (Casablanca)
Team: Pts Played Wins Draws Losses
Morocco 6 2 2 0 0
Sudan 6 2 2 0 0
Guinea 0 2 0 0 2
Mauritania 0 2 0 0 2
Note: The top two teams qualify for the quarter-finals
Sudan will play the hosts Morocco on Sunday at the Stade Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca to determine the first place in the group, while the two teams which are already eliminated, Mauritania and Guinea will also be in action on the same day at the Grand Stadium Marrakech.
Today, action in Group B will resume with Ivory Coast taking on Zambia while Uganda will play Namibia. Both matches will take place at the Stade de Marrakech.