FUS held 0-0 by TP Mazembe

Hmza Semmouni (L) of FATH Union Sport in action against Raiford Kalaba (R) of TP Mazembe during the semifinal of the 2017 Confederations Cup match between FATH Union Sport and TP Mazembe in Rabat on 21 October 2017 .. © BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 00:36

FUS Rabat’s dream of advancing into the CAF Confederation Cup final was shattered on Saturday night when they were held 0-0 by TP Mazembe in Morocco.

The result at the Stade de FUS in Rabat secured a 1-0 aggregate triumph for Mazembe, who move into the final and remain on course to defend their continental crown.

The first half presented few attacking opportunities at either end, with TP Mazembe happy to sit back, absorb whatever the hosts could throw at them, and look to hit on the counter.

Rabat were able to enjoy the majority of ball possession, but it was a classic case of sterile domination, with the Ravens holding their opponents at arm’s length.

FUS started strongly in the second half and created a good chance for Brahim El Bahraoui, but the striker wasn’t able to convert and bring the teams level on aggregate.

Mazembe gradually began to come out of their shell as the game wore on, with substitute Meshak Elia a particular threat after coming off the bench to replace captain Rainford Kalaba.

Yet neither side was able to work an opening in the 90 minutes, allowing Mazembe to see out a 0-0 draw and secure their place in the final.

The DR Congo giants will face either SuperSport United or Club Africain over two legs in November.

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Mazembe edge FUS in Lubumbashi

Rainford Kalaba of TP Mazembe ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 18:15

TP Mazembe will take a narrow 1-0 lead to Rabat following their victory in a 2017 CAF Confederations Cup first-leg, semifinal showdown at the Stade TP Mazembe on Sunday.

The defending CAFCC champions were in the driving seat for most of the clash, and would’ve boasted a more dominant advantage had it not been for FUS Rabat goalkeeper Aymane Majid.

Majid was a one-man barrier at times throughout the match, as attention now turns to the reverse fixture in Morocco.

The Ravens, though, got off to the perfect start as Ben Malango found the back of the net in the 14th minute. The goal his sixth of the campaign.

FUS fought their way back into the game with Mehdi Bettache a threat either side of the break. First forcing Sylvain Gbohouo into a good save, before seeing his curling shot narrowly wide minutes after the interval.

Mazembe ended the game on the front foot with Majid called into constant action. The goal-minder with a particularly stunning save to deny Adama Traore late on.

In the end, Mazembe failed to add another to their tally, but will still fancy their chances of defending the crown they won 12 months ago.

The reverse fixture will take place in the Moroccan capital on the weekend of the 20th-22nd of October 2017.

The aggregate winners will take on either SuperSport United or Club Africain in the final.

In Atteridgeville earlier today, Matsatsantsa were held to a 1-1 stalemate to give the Tunisians a distinct advantage heading into the second-leg in Radès.

TP Mazembe (1) 1 (Malango 14′)

FUS Rabat (0) 0

TP Mazembe: Gbohouo; Kasusula, Mondeko, Chongo, Issama – Adjei Nii, Sinkala (Koffi 63′) – Traore, Kalaba (Asante 81′), Ushindi (Meschack 73′) – Malango

FUS Rabat: Majid; Semmoumy, Aguerd, Sy, El Bassil (Benarif 67′) – Boulhroud, Khalis, Skouma – Diakite, Bettache (Benlamachi 61′), Yansane (El Bahraoui 75′)

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Mazembe, FUS Rabat set for heated clash in Lubumbashi

Rainford Kalaba of TP Mazembe challenged by Clayton Daniels of Supersport United during the Caf Confederation Cup match between Supersport United and TP Mazembe at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 20 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 14:30

TP Mazembe and FUS Rabat will cross-swords for a place in the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final, with the first-leg semifinal to take place at the Stade TP Mazembe on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15h30 CAT.

The defending CAFCC champions, who beat Mouloudia Olympique de Béjaïa 5-2 on aggregate in last year’s showpiece, are two games away from yet another final appearance.

The Ravens have claimed no fewer than seven continental titles in the past eight years, including three CAF Champions League crowns.

Following a 2-1 victory in Sudan, Mazembe edged closer to yet another final appearance with a 5-0 thumping of Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid at their fortress in Lubumbashi.

TP Mazembe ace Solomon Asante and his teammates are not resting on past achievements as they aim to add to a growing trophy cabinet.

“It’s all good that we’ve made it to the semifinal round but we’re not resting on our laurels because this is not the first time we’ve made it to this stage in the competition,” Asante told Joy FM.

“We are the defending champions and we know what to do to reach the final.”

“Our major aim is to defend the cup and thanks to the management team we have everything in place to realise that dream,” he concluded.

FUS, who won the 2010 CAFCC title, beat three-time champions CS Sfaxien 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 aggregate scoreline over two legs. Mohamed Saoud with the winner from 12 yards.

Bakary Gassama of Gambia, will take charge of the clash in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The second-leg will take place in the Moroccan capital on the 20th of October.

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FUS Rabat book CAF Confed Cup semi-final spot

Saad Ait Khorsa (R) from FUS Rabat for the ball with Karim Aouadhi (L) CS Sfaxien ABDELHAK SENNA

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 22:56

FUS Rabat were beaten 1-0 by CS Sfaxien in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final second-leg match at the Stade Taïeb Mhiri in Tunisia on Friday.

But Moroccan outfit Rabat booked their place in the semi-finals after winning 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw on aggregate with Tunisian side Sfaxien crashing out of the competition.

Sfaxien, who were trailing on aggregate after losing 1-0 in the first-leg game in Morocco last weekend, were awarded an early penalty.

The hosts took the lead through Karim Aouadhi’s effort from the spot-kick making it 1-0 to Sfaxien in the 23rd minute.

The score was 1-0 to Sfaxien at half-time and 1-1 on aggregate following a lively first-half in the city of Sfax.

Jose Mota, the Sfaxien head coach, brought in attack minded players in the second-half as hosts looked to double their lead.

However, Rabat were soild at the back and ultimately, the match ended 1-0 in favour of Sfaxien and a penalty shootout followed as the tie was locked at 1-1 on aggregate.

Rabat won 5-4 on penalties after converting all of their spot-kicks, while Aouadhi turned into a villain for the hosts as he missed the target.

Sfaxien (1) 1 (Aouadhi 23′)

Rabat (0)

Sfaxien: Gaaloul, Ben Salah, Mathlouthi, Aouadhi, Meriah, Sokari (Kamoun 74′), Amdouni, Mendy, Ben Ali, Hannachi (Marzouki 83′), Chaouat (Ndoye 63′).

Rabat: Majid, Sy, Khorsa, Aguerd, Semmoumy, Skouma, El Araoui (Saoud 94′), Boulhroud, Diakité, El Bassil, Yansane (Benlamachi 81′)

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CS Sfaxien seek revenge against FUS Rabat

Club Sportif Sfaxien player Hamza Mathlouth (L) fights for the ball with Mouloudia Club D’Alger player Ayoub Azzi ( R) during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Sfaxien and Mouloudia Club D’Alger in Sfax, Tunisia on 8 July 2017 © BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Sep 21, 2017. 10:30

CS Sfaxien will play host to FUS Rabat in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup match on Friday.

Kick-off is at 21h00 CAT.

The quarter-final second-leg encounter will take place at the Stade Taïeb Mhiri in the Tunisian city of Sfax.

The first-leg game was won 1-0 by Rabat thanks to Karim Benarif’s goal at the Stade de FUS in Rabat, Morocco last weekend.

Meher Hannachi, the Sfaxien captain, is the star player for the Tunisian side and he will look to lead his side to victory at home.

Sfaxien have won this tournament three times and they will look to overcome Rabat, and go on to win it for the fourth time.

Meanwhile, Benarif will be hoping to continue his good form and inspire Rabat to another victory over Sfaxien.

The Moroccan outfit have been crowned Confederation Cup winners once and they are hoping to win it for the second time this year.

The winner on aggregate will take on either DR Congo giants TP Mazembe or Sudanese side Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid in the semi-finals.

Referee David Omweno, who hails from Kenya, will officate the match between Sfaxien and Rabat on Friday.

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FUS come from behind to claim quarterfinal berth

El Mahdi El Bassil (L) of FUS Rabat vies for the ball with Saber Khalifa (R) Club Africain during the CAF Champions League match between FUS Rabat from Morocco and Club Africain from Tunisia, in Rabat ,Morocco on 02 June 2017.EPA/Abdelhak Senna

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jul 08, 2017. 00:01

FUS Rabat came from a goal down to defeat Rivers United 2-1 in their final Group A match and claim a place in the CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals.

The result in Morocco saw the hosts move level with Uganda’s KCCA (who were beaten heavily in a concurrent match by group winners Club Africain in Tunisia) on nine points, but FUS claim second place on a head-to-head tiebreaker.

FUS dominated the first half and tested United goalkeeper Akande Asimiyu on several occasions, as well as hitting the crossbar on 42 minutes through Youssef El Gnaoui.

Yet it was the Nigerians who claimed the lead just before half time and very much against the run of play.

FUS goalkeeper Aymane Majid made a major error in judgment by coming off his line to try and claim a cross, which ended with Rivers’ Bolaji Sakin steering the ball into an almost unguarded net to put his side 1-0 up.

The Moroccans hit back early in the second half though El Gnaoui, who latched onto a ball across the face of goal and steered a low shot past Asimiyu to make it 1-1 in the 52nd minute.

FUS continued their domination after drawing level and with a quarter hour to play they twice came close to adding to their tally, with Mohammed Fouzair denied by a wonderful save, before El Gnaoui saw his goal-bound effort cleared off the line by Joseph Douhadji.

The match looked destined to end in a stalemate, but with the end of regulation time looming the hosts were awarded a penalty when Festus Austin was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

Fouzair took on the responsibility of the spot kick and coolly chipped the ball home in the 88th minute to seal a 2-1 win for FUS Rabat and a place in the quarterfinals.

The Moroccans will face either MC Alger or CS Sfaxien in the last eight, with the final Group B standings to be decided on Saturday evening.

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