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VIDEO: Raja Casablanca and Club Africain kick off UNAF Cup with wins

Photo: unafonline.org

Photo: unafonline.org

Hosts Raja Casablanca and defending champions Club Africain notched expected wins over Ismaily SC and Al Hilal Benghazi respectively in the UNAF Cup opening fixtures.

Raja Casablanca XI; Allouch- Jbira, Oulhadj, Awal, Boutayeb- Soudani, Bamaamor, Oualid, Kaddioui, El Ouaddi- Bouldini

Ismaily SC XI; Magdy- Saad, Taha, Shawky, Bahaa- Emad, Hassona, Metwali, Fathy, Hamad- Kenneth

Raja and Ismaily kicked off their match slowly; opting to size each other up early on. It was inevitable that the home side would gain a greater footing in the game and spurned the earlier chance in the game. The Dervishes were pushed in their half as they tried to contain a home side being urged on by the great turnout at the Mohamed V stadium.

The Moroccans made their mark near the interval courtesy of Mohamed Bouldini. El Ouadi did great work beating the Ismaily defense for pace on the right before his cross was tapped home at the near post. From then, the foot was taken off the pedal as Raja looked satisfied with their lead.

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Club Africain 3-1 Al Hilal Benghazi

Club Africain won the earlier match of the day but the score does not paint the true picture of the game. The Tunisians had goalkeeper Mustapha to thank for keeping them in the game after they fell to a sixth minute lead. Nevertheless, Club Africain showed their pedigree in coming back from the setback to win by three goals to one. The first was a cruel own goal before Ouechrefi and Jaziri added on in the second half.

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The second round of fixtures takes place on August 16, 2015.

I have dedicated part of my time in this bad world to following African football. From CECAFA to WAFU, COSAFA to UNAF & even the forgotten UNIFFAC.

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