26 November 2012

Morocco: Wydad Casablanca Lead Moroccan League

Rabat — Wydad AC find themselves atop Botola, while ASC Ksar ousted ASC Imraguens as leaders of the Mauritanian championship.

Wydad Casablanca beat the visiting Raja de Béni Mellal 1-0 in round 9 of the Moroccan premier league on Saturday (November 25th).

Mourad Lemsen scored the only goal in the 45th minute, which placed the Casablanca team atop Botola with 18 points.

Meanwhile, hosts Moghreb Tétouan defeated OC Safi 4-0 and climbed to 6th place. The goals were scored by Nacer Mimouni (60"), Mehdi Namli (66"), Houssam Eddine Senhaji (74") and Zaid Kerrouch (80").

In another match, Difaa El Jadida won away against RSB Berkane 1-0. Chadian striker Ledger Djime scored the winning goal in the 30th minute.

The game between Olympique Khouribga and visitors Wydad Fès ended in a goalless draw, as did the matches between CODM Meknes and HUSA Agadir as well as Moghreb Fes and KAC Kenitra.

Earlier last week, Wydad lost against FUS Rabat 1-2 in round 8. Merouan Saadane scored for the capital's team in the 43rd minute, while his teammate Mourad Batna widened the gap. Omar Najdi netted the only goal for Wydad in the November 21st game.

A day before, Difaa El Jadida beat their guests Chabab Rif Al-Hoceima 1-0. Zakaria Hadrouf scored the goal in the 46th minute. OC Safi and their guests HUSA Agadir finished in a scoreless tie.

ASC Ksar back in the driving seat

Meanwhile in Mauritania, ASC Ksar caused a real stir by defeating hosts FC Nouadhibou on Friday (November 23rd) 1-0. Midfielder Ousmane Djiby Samb scored the winner in the 52nd minute.

With this victory, ASC Ksar find themselves back in the driving seat with 10 points, ousting ASC Imraguens who drop down to the 2nd place with 9 points.

"We were worried about this away fixture, because we were playing one of the best teams in the championship, and they play quality football," ASC Ksar coach Abou Ba (alias Giresse) told reporters after the game.

"We contained them well in the first half, and we made good use of the clear opportunity we created. After that, the players kept things well under control, and I'm pleased with their performance, especially as it means the team is at the top of the championship for now."

FC Nouadhibou now languishes in 6th place, with 5 points and a lot of questions to answer.

Saadna, the assistant coach for FC Nouadhibou, blamed the defeat on a lack of concentration among his strikers whom he accused of "wasting time posing in front of the opposition goal".

"It's quite unacceptable given the number of opportunities we created," he said.

In the second postponed match, ASC Concorde crushed Zem Zem 3-0 at the Feu Cheikha Ould Boidiya stadium. With their second consecutive win, the Blues and Whites climbed up to the third place on the podium, with 7 points.

Zem Zem, recording their first defeat, have 5 points, not far behind the top-ranking teams.

Elsewhere in the table, CF Cansado hold the 4th place with 7 points, followed by Assaba with 6 points and FC Trarza with 5. Behind them are ASC Police (4 points), ASC Armee (3) and T.Zeina (2). At the very bottom of the table are ASC Kedia with only one point.

ASC T.Zeina were in Algeria for their second leg match in the CAF Cup qualifiers, playing against ASMA Algiers. Beaten 2-0 at home in the first leg match a month ago, the Mauritanians lost 2-1 in Algiers.

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