Magharebia (Washington DC)

3 December 2012

Mauritanian Super Cup Goes to Asac Concorde

Rabat — The Mauritania Super Cup final marked the country's 52nd anniversary while Raja Béni Mellal captured their first win in the Botola.

ASAC Concorde beat Tevragh-Zeina 2-1 last week to take home the title in Mauritania's Super Cup.

The final was held in Nouakchott on Wednesday (November 28th), the country's Independence Day, as part of celebrations marking the 52nd anniversary of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The match was preceded by a procession featuring the nation's sporting federations, a military parachute display and a majorette routine.

T. Zeina were winners of the 2011-2012 League Championship, while ASAC Concorde were finalists in last season's National Cup.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Cissé Mint Cheikh Ould Boidé, Mauritanian Football Federation (FFRIM) Chairman Ahmed Ould Yahya, and a number of politicians attended the game.

Six of T. Zeina's and eight of ASAC Concorde's players were missing, as the Mourabitounes were playing in Liberia on Sunday.

During the first fifteen minutes, T. Zeina's players took charge of the game, creating a number of opportunities thanks to Byaye and Alioune N'Diaye.

After that point, ASAC Concorde's Mokhtar Etmane stormed through in the 19th minute, confounding T. Zeina's keeper with a powerful shot.

The score was still 1-nil when the teams left the pitch at half-time.

The match resumed with attacking play on both sides. ASAC Concorde's striker El Kory Mohamed Vall took his team to a 2-nil lead in the 85th minute.

Towards the end of the game, T. Zeina narrowed the gap thanks to Mourad Addallahi, but their fate was already sealed.

To the crowd's delight, the trophy was presented to ASAC Concorde's captain.

"It's a huge win for me and my players, because it's come on our nation's Independence Day, against the Mauritanian champions," ASAC Concorde Coach Magueye Wade said during the post-match press conference.

"It's also really satisfying to see that despite a number of team members being unavailable the young players came through to show they deserve their place in the group," he added.

The final was preceded by a procession featuring all of Mauritania's sporting federations, a military parachute display and a majorette routine.

Raja Béni Mellal score Botola win

Morocco's Raja de Béni Mellal (RBM) scored their first win this season when they beat their guests Chabab Rif Al-Hoceima 1-0 on Sunday in round 10 of the Moroccan premier league.

The match's only goal was scored by Redallah Ghazzoufi in the 65th minute.

In other matches the same day, KAC Kénitra drew 1-1 against their guests Wydad Casablanca. Kone Bakari scored first for the hosts in the 35th minute, while Bilal Byate levelled the score for the guests in the 65th minute.

Wydad are now in second place with 19 points, while KAC Kénitra are still in the 10th place with 11 points.

FUS Rabat crushed their guests RSB Berkane 3-0. The match's goals were scored by Brahim Elbahri (51st minute), Abdesslam Benjelloun (58th minute), and Hicham Aroui (89th minute).

Difaa El Jadida beat their guests CODM Meknes 1-0. The only goal was scored by Leger Djime in the 58th minute.

Meanwhile, Raja Casablanca took the lead in league rankings after beating Olympique Khouribga 2-1.

Hamza Bourezzouk scored the first goal for the Greens in the 57th minute, and his teammate Abdelmjid Eddine added the second in the 64th minute, while Youssef Nafia scored the guests' only goal at the end of the match.

In other matches, Wydad Fès drew 1-1 against their guests Moghreb Fès, while HUSA Agadir were beaten 3-1 by their guests Moghreb Tétouan.

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