In-form Kawkab Marrakech host FUS Rabat

In-form Kawkab Marrakech host FUS Rabat
Walid Sabbar of Kawkab (l) during the CAF Confederation Cup match between Kawkab Marrakech and Etoile Sahel in Marrakech, Morocco on 17 June 2016 ©BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 15, 2016. 09:13

Kawkab Marrakech will be eyeing their third straight Caf Confederation Cup Group B win when they host FUS Rabat at the Stade de Marrakech in Marrakech on Friday.

Kick-off is at 22h00pm.

In their previous Group B encounter, Moroccan side Kawkab defeated a stubborn Al Ahli Tripoli side from Libya 2-1 away a fortnight ago.

The match was played in Tunisia as the home matches of Al-Ahli Tripoli are played outside of Libya due to security concerns.

Luiz Jeferson and Mohammad El Fakih are the two men who hit the back of the net for Kawkab at the Stade Chedli Zouiten, in Tunisia.

The victory saw Kawkab cement their lead at the top of the Group B standings with six points. They are two points ahead of second-placed Rabat.

El Fakih has been in good form for Kawkab in the Confederation Cup this year. The attacker has netted four goals for his side in this competition.

A victory for Kawkab on Friday will see them cement their spot at the top of Group B and they will also edge closer to qualifying for the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, FUS Rabat will be out to stop Kawkab's dominance in their group when the two Morrocan clubs lock horns on Friday night.

In their previous group encounter, Rabat came back to hold Tunisian giants Etoile Sahel to a 1-1 stalemate in the City of Sousse a fortnight ago.

Well-travelled centre forward Abdessalam Benjelloun restored parity for the visitors with 22 minutes left on the clock at the Stade Olympique de Sousse.

As a result Rabat remained second on Group B standings with four points. They are two points behind group leaders Kawkab.

Experienced attacker Nabil Baha remains a key player for the reigning Moroccan Botola League champions Rabat. Baha once played for Spanish side Malaga.

If Rabat emerge victorious over Kawkab on Friday night, the former will climb to the top of Group B standings - just a point ahead of their closest rivals.

The man who will officiate the encounter between the two Moroccan sides is Joseph Lamptey, who hails from Accra in Ghana.

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