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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

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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

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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

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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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Rabat edge Sfaxien in first leg


Saad Aitkhorsa (L) of FUS Rabat vies for the ball with Aliassou Sanou (R) Rivers Unitedduring the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between FATH Union Sport and Rivers United in Rabat, Morocco on 7 July 2017 © BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 23:33


FUS Rabat narrowly defeated CS Sfaxien on Saturday night to hold the advantage in their CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal tie.

The Moroccan hosts won 1-0 in the teams’ first-leg clash at the Stade de FUS in Rabat on Saturday night.

Tunisian side Sfaxien, who are three-time champions of this continental competition, will look to turn the tie around in the second leg on home soil.

Faith Union Sport struck the game’s decisive goal in the 19th minute through midfielder Karim Benarif and they held firm in defence to ensure they have a strong foothold in the tie.

The return match will be held at the Stade Taieb Mhiri in Sfax next Friday night. The aggregate winners of the tie will face either TP Mazembe or Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid in the semifinals.



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North African rivals Rabat and Sfaxien geared for quarterfinal battle – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Club Sportif Sfaxien player Hamza Mathlouthi ( C) 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

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 13, 2017. 16:30


North African rivals Faith Union Sport and CS Sfaxien will begin battle for a place in the last four of the CAF Confederation Cup when they face off on Saturday night.

The teams will clash in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie at the Stade de FUS in Rabat, with kick-off set for 21h30 CAT.

Tunisia’s CSS should be regarded as one of the favourites to win this year’s continental competition. They have the pedigree of being three-time Confed Cup champions and booked their place in the quarterfinals by topping Group B ahead of MC Alger, suffering just one defeat in the process.

New coach Jose Mota has also overseen a strong start to their domestic 2017/18 championship, with Sfaxien recording two wins and two draws from four matches. They were last in action on Saturday with an impressive 3-1 victory at Stade Gabesien.

Morocco’s FUS can count themselves lucky to have progressed into the final eight. They were runners-up in Group A (behind another Tunisian side, Club Africain) but finished level on points with KCCA, only edging ahead of the Ugandans on head-to-head results – they beat the East Africans 3-0 in Rabat, but lost 3-1 in Kampala, with their lone away goal proving crucial in the tie breakers.

Yet coach Walid Regragui’s side seem to be in ominous form ahead of this Confed Cup clash: they handed Morocco’s defending champions Wydad Casablanca a football lesson when the teams met in the opening round of the country’s 2017/18 domestic season this past weekend – so much so that Wydad fans applauded FUS’s players and turned on their own, according to reports in their local media.

South African referee Daniel Bennett will be in charge of the match in Rabat, with the return leg set for Friday 22 September at Stade Taieb Mhiri in Sfax. The aggregate winners will face either Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid or TP Mazembe in the semifinals.



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Nightmare in Rabat for Mali as Morocco score six – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Khalid Boutaib of Morocco

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Brian Lee

Saturday Sep 02, 2017. 00:16


It was a nightmare to forget for Mali on Friday night after Morocco slammed six goals past the nine-man Eagles side to register a 6-0 victory in a 2018 World Cup, Group C qualifier match at the Stade Moulay Abdellah in Rabat.

The home side took control of the tie from the opening whistle and made their pressure tell with the game’s first goal in the 19th minute when Hakim Ziyech found the back of the net, 1-0.

Morocco doubled their lead eight minutes later when Khalid Boutaib slotted the ball home with a clinical finish, 2-0.

Mali did not offer much in attack and defended with all their might to go into the break only trailing by two goals.

Any chance of a fight-back from Mali were dealt a massive blow in the 57th minute when they were reduced to ten men following the sending off of Bakaye Dibassy after receiving a second yellow card.

On the hour mark Hakim Ziyech put the result beyond doubt with his second goal of the night and his country’s third, 3-0.

Matters went from bad to worse for the visiting Mali when they were reduced to nine men following the sending off of Mohamed Konate in the 67th minute after his second booking as well.

The icing on the cake for Morocco was their fourth goal, scored by Achraf Hakimi in the 72nd minute, 4-0.

Mali tried to defend as best they could after that with their nine men, but they could not finish the night without conceding two more goals – substitutes Faycal Fajr and Mimoun Mahi scoring for Morocco in the 86th and 89th minutes respectively, 6-0.

The win takes Morocco to the top of Group C with five points from three matches, one point above second placed Cote d’Ivoire who are in action against Gabon on Saturday.

Gabon are third in Group C with two points from two matches while Mali are last with one point from three games.

Morocco (2) 6 (Ziyech 19’ + 61’, Boutaib 27’, Hakimi 72’, Fajr 86’, Mahi 89’)

Mali (0) 0

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Morocco: Munir, Amrabat (Tannane 74’), Belhanda, Benatia, Boussoufa, Boutaib (Mahi 80’), Dirar, El Ahmadi (Fajr 85’), Hakimi, Saiss, Ziyech.

Mali: Sissoko, Wague, Dibassy, Traore, Kouame (Kone 64’), Bissouma (Couilbaly 78’), Diaby (Doumbia 66’), Konate, Marega, N’Diaye, Sylla.



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Advantage Morocco heading into Rabat tussle


Nabil Dirar of Morocco evades tackle from Mahmoud Abdelmoneim Kahraba of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football Quarter Final match between Egypt and Morocco at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 29 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Aug 18, 2017. 10:30


It is advantage Morocco heading into their 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Northern Zone second-leg qualifier against Egypt at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat on Friday evening.

Kick-off is at 21h00 CAT.

The Atlas Lions held their rivals to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture hosted in Alexandria last weekend, with the visitors building on their impressive record against the mighty Egyptians.

Ahmed El Sheikh handed the hosts an early lead from the penalty spot, but Morocco hit back through Badr Banoun following the break to secure a favourable result.

Despite their dominance in Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Tournaments over the years, Egypt have yet to qualify for a single CHAN tournament in their history.

Morocco have qualified for two previous CHAN tournaments, with their best showing coming in South Africa three years ago as they reached the quarterfinals.

In 28 previous meetings – as per FIFA.com – Morocco have come out on top on 13 occasions compared to three wins for their opponents. 12 fixtures ended all square.

The aggregate winner will book their place at next year’s showpiece in Kenya.



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