Wydad, Horoya resume battle for top spot

Wydad, Horoya resume battle for top spot
Wydad Athletic Club player Mohamed Nahiri (L) in action against TP Mazembe Deogracias Kanda Mukok (R) during CAF SUPER CUP between Wydad Athletic Club and TP Mazembe at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca, Morocco 24 February 2018. BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 26, 2018. 12:30

Wydad Casablanca and Horoya AC will resume their battle for top spot in their 2018 CAF Champions League group when they meet at the Stade Mohamed V on Saturday, July 28, kick-off at 21h00 CAT.

The teams met at the Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry on July 17 and played out a 1-1 draw. Wydad claimed the lead on 26 minutes through Ismail Haddad, but Horoya responded shortly thereafter with a goal from Ocansey Mandela.

The result saw the Moroccan side retain their place at the top of Group C with five points, while the Guinea team are in second on the same tally (the North Africans lead on goal difference, as the pair’s head-to-head record is also equal). The pool is completed by AS Togo Port in third on three points and South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns on two points.

Wydad coach Faouzi Benzarti is set to shuffle his pack for this clash, with Salaheddine Saïdi and Amine Tighazoui, who missed the match in Conakry due to suspension and injury respectively, set to return.

However, Naim Aarab and Abdelhamid El Kaoutari, two pillars of defence, may be dropped as Benzarti looks to solidify at the back after shipping a preventable goal last time out.

Horoya will look for a repeat of their only away game in the group thus far, which saw them pick up a 2-1 win in Lome over Togo-Port thanks to goals from Daouda Camara and Aboubacar Camara, though this clash in Morocco is likely to be a tougher challenge.

Botswana referee Joshua Bondo will take charge of this match in Casablanca. The other Group C game sees Mamelodi Sundowns host AS Togo Port in Tshwane on Friday, July 27, kick-off at 21h00 CAT.

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