Namungo FC 0-3 Raja Casablanca: Confederation Cup debutants end campaign on losing note

Namungo FC 0-3 Raja Casablanca: Confederation Cup debutants end campaign on losing note

Namungo FC 0-3 Raja Casablanca: Confederation Cup debutants end campaign on losing note

Despite fighting until the group stages, the Tanzanian representatives did not pick a single point in six games

Namungo FC's Caf Confederation Cup campaign ended with an unwanted record after they fell 3-0 to Raja Casablanca in Wednesday's Group D game.

The Tanzanian side, who debuted and sailed – against the odds - to the group stage could not pick a point from a pool that also consisted of Nkana FC of Zambia and Pyramids FC of Egypt.

The 3-0 win in Dar es Salaam means the Moroccan club has sailed through the group stage without losing a single game.

Illias Hadad opened the scoring for Casablanca in the eighth minute with an assist from Zakaria Habti. Namungo had to make a change in the 12th minute when Kalos Kirenge was injured and Hamisi Mgunya took his position. Two minutes after making the change, the hosts conceded the second goal when Fabrice Ngoma - with an assist from Ayoub Nanah - fired past Nourdine Balora of Namungo.

Habti made it 3-0 in the 36th minute with Nanah again delivering the assist before the game entered its half-time break with Casablanca leading with a huge margin.

Just before the break, Namungo head coach Hemed Morocco made a change when he withdrew Hamisi Swalehe for Steve Nzigamasabo. Another change was made in the 44th minute when Stephen Sey came on to replace Hashimu Manyanya.

Stephen Duah became the first player to be yellow-carded when he was cautioned in the 56th minute. Casablanca's first change came in the 61st minute when Riad Idbouiguiguine was introduced in place of Ngoma.

The Tanzanian side made yet another substitution when former Simba SC winger Shiza Kichuya came on for Reliants Lusajo four minutes after the hour mark. A minute later after the Kichuya-Lusajo exchange, Sixtus Sabilo came out and his position was filled by Eric Kwizera.

In the 74th minute, Lucas Kikoti was yellow carded in what became the last card to be flashed in the Dar es Salaam encounter. Casablanca's Nanah was withdrawn in the 76th minute and Oussama Soukhane came on before Mohamed Azrida and Abdelilah Makdour exchanged places a minute later.

The Abdeljalil Jbira and Mohamed Souboul changes were the last by the Moroccan side who were at that point assured of yet another victory in the continental competition as they sailed to the knockout stage with an unblemished record.

Original author: Kiplagat Sang
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