(Africanfootball.com) A 3-0 win over AS Otoho at their Municipal Stadium on Sunday night has secured a place in the next phase of the Confederation Cup for RS Berkane.
The result sees the Moroccan side secure progression into the quarterfinals as group winners (11 points) with one game to spare. The Congo side are tied for second with Hassania Agadir (five points each), while Raja Casablanca complete the quartet (four points).
Berkane got off to a flyer and claimed the lead as early as the sixth minute, with Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba sending an effort beyond the reach of Otoho goalkeeper Wolfrigon Mongondza.
The Moroccans took full control of the game just after the half hour mark when Salman Ouald El Haj netted to make it 2-0. The attacker had replaced Alain Traore just a few minutes prior in Berkane’s first substitution.
Abdessamad El Mobaraky added a third for RSB five minutes into the second stanza, taking advantage of some slack defending from the Congo side before slipping an effort beyond Mongondza for 3-0.
The hosts were able to coast to victory through the remainder of the game, safe in the knowledge that a place in the last eight of the continental competition was secure.
The teams will wrap up their group stage campaign next weekend, with RSB away to Hassania in a Moroccan derby and Otoho at home to Raja Casablanca.
RS Berkane (2) 3 (Laba 6’, El Haj 32’, El Mobaraky 50’)
AS Otoho 0
Berkane: Mhamdi, Namsaoui, Regragui, Mokadem, Aziz, Farehane (El Mahdi 90’), Ouidare, El Helali (Yechou 75’), El Mobaraky, Traore (El Haj 29’), Laba
Otoho: Mongondza, Ondongo, Moubhibo, Bakima, Bissiki (Bagayoko 71’), Konte, Lakolo, Wamba, Ngoma, Yedan (Cisse 61’ [Ngouelou 76’]), Biassadila
(BBC Sport) Morocco's Confederation Cup holders Raja Casablanca have named Frenchman Patrice Carteron as their new coach.
The 48-year-old replaces Spaniard Juan Carols Garrido, whose contract was ended by Raja on Monday.
Carteron has signed until the end of the season with an option to renew after that.
The former Mali and TP Mazembe boss led Egypt's Al Ahly to the 2018 African Champions League final but was sacked after the loss to Tunisia's Esperance.
He takes over a club third in the Moroccan top-flight six points behind leaders and rivals Wydad Casablanca with a game in hand.
(Morocco World News) The Moroccan Botola Pro football league ranked modestly in the world’s top football league rankings. However, it ranked the best in Africa.
Rabat – The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) has ranked Morocco’s Botola Pro football league the 27th best among world football leagues.
Botola Pro is Morocco’s primary football competition in which 16 teams contest. Raja de Casablanca (RCA) and Wydad de Casablanca (WAC) are the league’s most prominent teams, having won several national and continental titles.
In the top 10 rankings, Spain’s La Liga maintained first place for the ninth year in a row, ahead of England’s premier league which stayed in second place.
The top 10 was rounded out by the Brazilian league, the Colombian league, the Italian Serie A, the Argentinian league, France’s Ligue 1, Germany’s Bundesliga, the Scottish league, and the Portuguese league.
In Africa’s top 10, Morocco’s Botola Pro (27th globally) tops the list, replacing Tunisia (30th globally), which had claimed first place for the past five years. The DRC’s national league surprisingly climbed 30 places from the 2017 rankings to 32nd globally and third in Africa.
Egypt came fourth (30th globally), followed by Zambia (35th globally), Sudan (45th globally), Algeria (46th globally), South Africa (50th globally), Angola (57th globally), and Cameroon (76th globally).
In the Middle East, Qatar’s league (39th globally) came first, followed by Iran (51st globally), Saudi Arabia (52nd globally), the United Arab Emirates (58th globally), and Iraq (79th globally).
IFFHS created the list based on each country’s five best clubs’ results and achievements in national and international competitions.
(AFP) Holders Raja Club Athletic was drawn in the same group with fellows RS Berkane and Hassania Agadir in Group A for the group phase of the Total CAF Confederation Cup 2019.
The trio unexpectedly found themselves in the same group with Congolese champions, AS Otoho completing the quartet. The outcome serves a replica of the 2012 edition of the second-tier continental club championship when three Sudanese team; Al Merreikh, Al Hilal and Ahly Shendi were in the same group. The other team was Interclube of Angola.
It was the highlight of the draw held on Monday at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Former Cameroon forward Patrick Mboma assisted the draw process conducted by CAF Deputy General Secretary Anthony Baffoe.
Whilst Group A had three teams from the same country, it was a near similar situation in Group B and Group C, with two teams from the same countries.
Tunisian duo Etoile du Sahel and CS Sfaxien are in Group B alongside Enugu Rangers of Nigeria and surprise packets, Salitas, from Burkina Faso.
In Group C, Zambia has two clubs – Nkana and Zesco, with Asante Kotoko (Ghana) and Hilal (Sudan) the other teams. For Kotoko and Hilal, they have old scores to settle after being in the same group for the maiden edition of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2004.
Five-time African champion Zamalek of Egypt leads the line-up in Group B. The rest are Kenyan champions Gor Mahia, Petro Atletico of Angola and Algeria’s NA Hussein Dey.
Below are the details of the draw;
Group A – Hassania Agadir (Morocco), AS Otoho (Congo), RS Berkane (Morocco), Raja (Morocco)
Group B – Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Rangers (Nigeria), Salitas (Burkina Faso), CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
Group C – Zesco (Zambia), Al Hilal (Sudan), Asante Kotoko (Ghana), Nkana (Zambia)
Group D – Gor Mahia (Kenya), NA Hussein Dey (Algeria), Petro Atletico (Angola), Zamalek (Egypt)