Hosts Morocco kicked off their African Nations Championship campaign with a 4-0 routing of Mauritania on Saturday. Mauritania had frustrated the the Atlas Lions to a goaless first half.
However, their resolute spirit was finally broken in the 66th minute when El Kaabi beat the offside trap before slipping the ball under the goalkeeper for the first goal. El Haddad made it 2-0 In the 72nd Minute after his low shot again slipped under the goalkeeper.
Striker El Kaabi got his second and third for Morocco in the 80th minute after his low left-footed shot hit the bottom left corner of the Mauritanian goal.
Bencharki completed the routing in the 92nd minute after finishing home a long pass.
Morocco will next face Guinea on January 17 in their second Group A match, while Mauritania will seek redemption against Sudan same day.