Wydad bids farewell to the competition, while Sundowns leads its group against Mazembe

March 2, 2024
Wydad bids farewell to the competition, while Sundowns leads its group against Mazembe

Wydad Casablanca of Morocco exited the African Champions League despite defeating its guest ASEC Abidjan of Ivory Coast by a single goal in the final round of Group Two competitions, after Simba of Tanzania defeated Gwaneng Galaxy of Botswana with a clean six-point win. South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns topped Group A by defeating Congolese host Mazembe 1-0.

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For the first time since the 2016 edition, it won’t beWydad Casablanca The Moroccan himself was present in the knockout roundsAfrican Champions League It was not enough to win 1-0 over its guest ASEC Mimosas of Ivory Coast, who led the second group, as the second ticket went to Simba of Tanzania, who swept its guest Gwaneng Galaxy of Botswana 6-0.

Mimosas topped with ten points, ahead of Simba with nine points, which outperformed Wydad on the difference in matches (Wydad won the first leg 0-1, and lost the second leg 2-0), and Guanyeng fourth with four points.

The Casablanca team paid the price for the technical instability with the replacement of coach Adel Ramzi with Tunisian Faouzi Benzarti, and the arrest of club president Saeed Naciri on suspicion of his involvement in a huge drug smuggling case caused a stir within the team, as the results in recent months did not live up to the expectations of its fans, neither locally. Nor continental.

The “Wydad Al-Umma” team had difficulty achieving victory despite the visiting team playing the match with a largely reserve squad, as the Moroccan team lacked effectiveness in front of the Ivory Coast goal, while ASEC players relied on rebounds, which were dangerous.

Wydad’s goal was scored by Montaser Lahtimi from a missile shot (19). The Ivorian team missed a penalty kick taken by Bertie Soliman, but Moroccan goalkeeper Mehdi Moftah was able to save it (73).

Wydad continued the match with ten players after its full-back Badr Kadarine was sent off (84).

In the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, Akram Simba and Fada Galaxy scored with a clean six, scored by Burundian Saidi Ntibazunkia (7), Gambian Ba ​​Omar Job (14), Dennis Kibo (22), Zambian Clatos Shama (76), Kennedy Juma (86) and Congolese Democrat Fabrice Ngoma. (89).

Sundowns tops its group

South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns topped their first group, beating Congolese host Mazembe 1-0, while Egypt’s Pyramids ended their campaign in last place by tying with their guest Nouadhibou of Mauritania 2-2, on Saturday in the final sixth round.

Mamelodi, the 2016 title holder and the first edition of the African League, raised its score to 13 points from 6 matches, compared to 10 for Mazembe, the holder of the title five times, most recently in 2015, knowing that they previously secured their qualification for the quarter-finals before the start of the round, while Nouadhibou and Pyramids were satisfied with five points in their participation. The first.

With the goal of Namibian Peter Shalulile from a penalty kick (38) at Lucas Moribe Stadium in Pretoria, Mamelodi took revenge for their 0-1 first-leg loss to Mazembe.

Sundowns imposed their absolute advantage in the confrontation, but they had great difficulty penetrating the defense of the conglomerated Democratic Congolese team, hoping to maintain the lead.

After timid opportunities that did not amount to seriousness, Moroccan referee Jalal Jaid awarded a penalty kick for the hosts after Brazilian midfielder Lucas Costa was sweated by Mundeko Zato. Shalulili jumped in and shot it powerfully, out of the reach of Senegalese goalkeeper Aleone Fati (38).

Fati excelled in the second half twice, as he blocked a direct free kick from Teboho Mokoena (59′), and also blocked Themba Zwane’s close-range shot (68).

An honorable draw between Pyramids and Nouadhibou

In the second match at the Air Defense Stadium, Moulay Ahmed Khalil “Bassam” scored for Nouadhibou with a shot from the outskirts of the penalty area, using a pass from Mohamed Al-Abd (64) and substitute Issa Mubarak (82), and for Pyramids, which is at the bottom of the group on the difference in direct confrontations, Congolese Democrat Fiston Mayele (73). And 90+2).

The Pyramids players controlled most of the match, and their attackers, Miley, Mustafa Fathi, Ibrahim Adel, and substitute Ramadan Sobhi, wasted several opportunities that could have changed the result, while the Nouadhibou players took advantage of the poor level of defense of the hosts and the mistakes of goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy to score two goals.

France 24/AFP

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