Morocco’s representatives in the Champions League and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Cup will be involved next weekend in the second preliminary round of these two competitions, with the ambition of getting their African career off to a good start.
Thus, Wydad (defender) and Raja de Casablanca, in the Champions League, and Renaissance de Berkane (defender) and AS FAR, in the CAF Cup, are betting heavily on this start of competition to place themselves well in the race towards a continental title, haloed in this by the leading role played recently by Moroccan football in Africa.
In the Champions League (2nd preliminary round), Wydad de Casablanca begins the defense of its title on the lawn of the Nigerians of Rivers United (Sunday at 3:00 p.m. GMT), a confrontation that the men of Ammouta will tackle with the desire to hit hard to confirm their status as champions, but above all enter the competition mentally and avoid any incidents along the way that could complicate their debut.
The Reds travel to Port Harcourt after having ensured a comfortable place in the national championship, which they dominate with 10 points, after 4 days, alongside AS FAR and Olympic de Safi. This deal will allow them to focus on the continental front, in anticipation of a race that promises to be fierce this season.
For its part, Raja de Casablanca will travel to Niamey to begin its African adventure, against the Nigerians of ASN Nigelec (Saturday at 3:30 p.m. GMT). Authors of a disappointing start to the championship, the Greens, 11th in the standings with only 3 points, hope to take advantage of this African parenthesis to find benchmarks, and why not have the click that will allow them to repair their trajectory and regain their cruising speed. .
In the CAF Cup, the defending champion, RS Berkane begins the defense of his coronation with not very good statistics in the national championship: penultimate in the standings with a single point, the Oranges are still looking for their first victory and have scored only 2 goals against 6 conceded.
On the lawn of Kwara United of Nigeria (Sunday at 3:00 p.m. GMT), Benchikha’s men will have to put aside their frustration in the league to focus on their continental objective. A victory during this meeting would mark, perhaps, a new start for the Berkanis, who aspire to more titles.
On the other hand, AS FAR has the wind in its sails after a flying start in the national championship, and a good reaction in the CAF Cup.
Indeed, held in check (1-1) at home in the first leg of the first round by the Nigerians of Remo Stars, the Military snatched the qualification after their victory (0-1) at Ikenne in Nigeria. Beyond the result, it is the strength of character shown by the rebuilt club that is interesting. This is what earned him a successful start in the national championship, with in particular a big victory (4-1) against Difaa of El Jadida, just before his continental exit.
Against the Guineans of Anglogold Ashanti (Sunday at 7:00 p.m. GMT in Rabat), Adam Nafati’s teammates will have to use their strike force and take advantage of all their offensive assets to offer themselves a reassuring result at the go and be able to get a little closer to their dream: to allow AS FAR to regain its aura of yesteryear.
Here are the domestic club fixtures (in GMT):
– Champions League (2nd preliminary round):
Saturday October 8:
3:30 p.m.: ASN Nigelec (Niger) – Raja CA (Morocco) (General Senyi Kountche Stadium in Niamey)
Sunday, October 9:
3 p.m.: Rivers United FC (Nigeria) – Wydad AC (Morocco) (Adokiye Amiesimaka International Stadium in Port Harcourt).
– CAF Cup (2nd preliminary round):
Sunday, October 9:
3 p.m.: Kwara United (Nigeria) – RS Berkane (Morocco) (Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos).
7 p.m.: ASFAR Club (Morocco) – Anglogold Ashanti Golden Boys Siguiri (Guinea) (Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex in Rabat).