Protecting champions, the Atlas Lions of Morocco are through to the semi-final phase of the 2020 African Countries Champion (CHAN) after a persuading 3-1 win against Zambian on Sunday.

Guinea have also certified, directly defeating Rwanda 1-0 in Limbe Stadium.

Morocco began on a high, discovering the web within a minute at the Reunification Stadium in Douala, Cameroon.

Soufiane Rahimi found space to slot the ball past Zambia’s goalkeeper Allan Chibwe.

It was a case of poor defending by the Zambian backline, offering Rahimi space to tap in.

The safeguarding champs continued to press in numbers and increased their lead after only eight minutes.

Mohammed Al Bemammer nodded in after goalkeeper Chibwe stopped working to punch out the ball from a corner-kick.

Zambia were minimized by one player after Zachariah Chilongoshi was sent off for a bad nasty on Abdelilah Hafidi after 20 minutes of play.

The Zambians were penalized once again in the 39th minute when Paul Katema handled the ball in package for a penalty shot, which team captain Ayoub El Kaabi made no error with. The scoreline in the very first half was Morocco 3, Zambia 0.

In the 2nd half, the defending champs were with a slower death method as the Zambians fought back highly.

Replace Moses Phiri pulled an objective back for Zambia after 79 minutes when he beat Morocco’s goalkeeper Anas Zniti to the near post.

The Atlas Lions continued to push forward to look for more goals, but the Zambians safeguarded in numbers.

Morocco will now deal with hosts Cameroon at the semi-final stage on Wednesday at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium.

The Guinea-Rwanda march saw both sides finish with 10 males.

The VAR stepped in twice during the quarter-final match to make sure that Syli National midfielder Mory Kante and Rwanda goalkeeper Olivier Kwizera were dispatched in separate occurrences.

Guinea playmaker Morlaye Sylla scored from the resultant free-kick in the 60th minute, after Kwizera was penalised for his late tackle on advancing striker Yakhouba Barry.

The objective sufficed to send Guinea into the last 4 of the competition in the Central African nation where they will face neighbours Mali on Wednesday.

Guinea suffered a big blow in the 15th minute when captain and midfielder Mory Kante was sent off after VAR review of an occurrence in midfield.

The AS Kaloum player was shown the door for the major deal with on captain Jacques Tuyisenge which resulted in the required replacement of the Rwandan captain.