CAF Champions League: 10-goal win for Morocco’s Difaa el Jadida vs Benfica of Guinea-Bissau
Moroccan Hamid Ahaddad scored five goals in Difaa el Jadida CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg rout of Benfica of Guinea-Bissau, and Tanzanian Simon Msuva contributed three. The other goals came from Mauritanian Bakary N’Diaye and Moroccan Bilal el Magri.football Updated: Feb 11, 2018 13:32 IST
Difaa el Jadida of Morocco thrashed visiting Benfica of Guinea-Bissau 10-0 on Saturday to achieve the biggest single-leg victory in the 54-year history of the CAF Champions League.
Moroccan Hamid Ahaddad scored five goals in the preliminary round first leg rout and Tanzanian Simon Msuva contributed three for Jadida, who led 6-0 at half-time.
The other goals came from Mauritanian Bakary N’Diaye, who triggered the landslide by netting after only four minutes, and Moroccan Bilal el Magri.
Kabwe Warriors of Zambia and Raja Casablanca of Morocco shared the winning margin record with nine-goal victories in qualifiers 39 seasons apart.
These are heady times for Morocco with the country convincingly winning the African Nations Championship (CHAN) for home-based footballers last weekend.
The host nation trounced 10-man Nigeria 4-0 in the final and previously unknown Ayoub el Kaabi scored a record nine goals in the tournament to be voted the outstanding performer.
Morocco are also challenging a Canada/Mexico/United States alliance for the right to stage the 2026 World Cup with FIFA member nations set to vote this June on the eve of the finals in Russia.
Kabwe Warriors set the benchmark for winning margins in 1972 when they hammered Majantja of Lesotho 9-0 at home after drawing the first leg 2-2 away.
The premier CAF club competition was then called the African Cup of Champions Clubs, which changed to the CAF Champions League in 1997 when prize money and a new format were introduced.
Raja Casablanca equalled the winning margin of Kabwe by humiliating Tourbillon of Chad 10-1 in the first leg during the 2011 competition.
The Chadians withdrew before the return match rather than risk further punishment from the three-time African champions.
Guinea-Bissau, a tiny west African nation who reached the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time last year, rarely enter the Champions League for financial reasons.
They are likely to follow Tourbillon and withdraw to avoid potential further embarrassment in front of their own supporters.
The record feat of Jadida overshadowed a shock 3-0 victory for Township Rollers of Botswana over 2015 semi-finalists Al Merrikh of Sudan in Gaborone.
No Botswana club has reached the group stage of the Champions League while Merrikh, and arch domestic rivals Al Hilal, are regular participants.
But just a week after Sudan exceeded expectations by taking the CHAN bronze medals, one of their top clubs were outclassed by frequent but unsuccessful African campaigners Rollers.
Goals from Mosha Gaolaolwe and Edwin Moalosi gave the home side a two-goal half-time advantage and Segolame Boy came off the bench to score with his first touch 20 minutes from time.
First Published: Feb 11, 2018 13:32 IST