Rabat club ASFAR remain at the top of Morocco’s Botola Pro by a narrow one-point margin after the league leaders defeated midtable side Jeunesse Sportive Soualem by a 2-1 score over the weekend. The Royal Army club found the opening goal from Mohamed Hrimat and then Diney Borges put the hosts up for good just before halftime with the central defender’s fourteenth goal in all competitions this season. Following their elimination from the CAF Confederation Cup, the top priority for ASFAR is achieving their first domestic league title since the 2007- 2008 season.
However the leaders still have plenty to be concerned about. Defending champions Wydad remain only a point behind following a 3-1 victory away from home at Chabab Mohammédia. Despite parting ways with head coach Juan Carlos Garrido a day before the match, Wydad got off to a strong start with goals from Bouly Junior Sambou and Saifeddine Bouhrati in the first half before holding off a charge from the hosts. New head coach Sven Vandenbrouck and his team will now look to get off to a good start in the CAF Champions League semifinal when The Red Castle hosts South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns in Saturday’s first leg.
After sharing a tumultuous end to the week with their rivals, Raja CA did not have as much fortune in their match over the weekend. Raja fell by a 1-0 score at home to last placed Olympique Khouribga, stretching a winless streak to five matches for Mondher Kebaier and his team. A distraught Kebaier explained following the defeat that the strength of the Raja squad is not strong enough to reach the goals of the club’s management and now it looks like his team will not qualify for CAF club competition next season through the league.
All the scores and highlights from the weekend are below.