Magharebia (Washington DC)

10 December 2012

Mauritania/Morocco: Raja, Wydad Vie for Botola Lead

Rabat — Just one point separates the league leaders in Morocco while ASC Ksar continue to dominate Mauritanian football.

Raja Casablanca continue to lead the Moroccan football premier league with 23 points after securing one point from barren draw Sunday (December 9th) against hosts Moghreb Fès in the strongest match for round 11. Meanwhile, Moghreb Fès maintained their 4th place in the table.

Wydad Casablanca climbed to 2nd place after beating Wydad Fès 1-0. The match's only goal was scored by Hicham Amrani with a header at the end of game.

In another match, Chabab Rif Al-Hoceima beat guests KAC Kénitra 2-1. Tetty Anonson scored the first goal for the hosts in the 50th minute, followed by a goal by teammate Abdessamad Lembarki from the spot in the 64th minute. Rachid Bourouas scored the guests' only goal at the end of the match.

Meanwhile, FAR Rabat beat guests HUSA Agadir 1-0. Younes Hammal scored the match's only goal in the 65th minute. With the win, FAR Rabat climbed to 3rd place with 21 points, while HUSA Agadir remained in the 7th place with 15 points.

Difaa El Jadida drew 1-1 against their guests FUS Rabat. The guests' goal was scored by Mourad Batna in the 17th minute, while Mohamed Jawad levelled the score for the hosts in the 19th minute.

RSB Berkane drew 0-0 against Raja de Béni Mellal (RBM), while Olympique Khouribga beat guests OC Safi 2-1.

ASC Ksar reinforce Mauritania lead

Meanwhile, the 5th day of the Mauritanian league championship was played out in Nouakchott and Nouadhibou this week-end.

ACS Ksar are still at the top of the table following a 2-0 win against ASC Kedia on Friday at Nouakchott's Olympic Complex Stadium. But it was not an easy win for Ksar, facing a tough opponent that managed to create a number of scoring opportunities, particularly in the first half.

Ksar did what they needed to win, scoring two goals (52nd and 72nd minute). The victory brought their points to 13, strengthening their position as leaders.

"It was difficult, but our players found the weaknesses in the opposition defence," said ASC Ksar coach N'Diawar N'Diaye, aka Giresse, adding that his team was starting to find its feet: "The group's starting to pull together, so I'm happy."

Mody M'Bodj, ASC Kedia's coach, blamed the referee for his team's loss. "The referee was our handicap, even turning down a penalty in the first half. That penalty could have turned things around. It's a shame, but we're going to pick ourselves up," he told reporters.

Kedia are currently in last place with just one point.

In another matchup in Nouadhibou, CF Cansado overcame Assaba 2-1. The win took them to second place, with 10 points.

Meanwhile Imraguens failed to build on their previous wins, falling 3-1 to ASC Garde at Cheikha Ould Boidiya Stadium. Imraguens dropped to third place with nine points.

In the last match on Friday's schedule, T. Zeina showed little mercy for Zem Zem, ripping them to shreds with a 4-1 victory. Bocar Coulibaly's teammates dominated in all areas of play and could have achieved even more had it not been for some clumsy play in the attack. The win brought T. Zeina to five points, tied with Zem Zem. In the other matches on Saturday, FC Nouadhibou beat 1-0 FC Tidjikja in a tight match. The win took the orange team to eight points and sent them leaping up the table. Tidjikja, who have failed to get off the ground so far, remain near the bottom of the table with four points.

In the other matches, Army and Police came away from their game with a 1-1 draw. They have five and six points respectively.

In the final match, ASAC Concorde demonstrated their usual ability to strike, winning 4-1 against FC Trarza. The win takes Concorde to 10 points, second in the table.

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