Ten for Raja equals African record
Raja Casablanca of Morocco overwhelmed Chadian visitors Tourbillon 10-1 this weekend to equal the record winning margin for an CAF Champions League game. Kabwe Warriors of Zambia humiliated Majantja of Lesotho 9-0 in 1972 when the leading club competition on the continent was called the African Champions Cup, and held the record for 39 years.
Although Raja have won the Champions League thrice and Chadian clubs often struggle at international level, a less one-sided game was expected at the 80,000-seat national stadium in the Moroccan commercial capital.
Raja need a two-goal win when the return match is staged in N'Djamena next month to break the 10-goal record winning margin for a two-leg tie shared by JS Kabylie of Algeria, Club Africain of Tunisia and Petro Atletico of Angola.
Tourbillon resistance in the first of 22 first-round, first-leg fixtures scheduled for the weekend lasted just seven minutes before Abdessamad Ouhakki struck for the 'Green Devils'. Hassan Tair grabbed the first of his three goals four minutes later and Raja built a 6-0 lead by half-time with Ismail Belmaalem, Bouchaib Lambarki, Tair again and Mohcine Metouali scoring.
Tair completed his hat-trick five minutes into the second half and veteran striker Hicham Aboucherouane added an eighth goal before Tourbillon finally broke through via Habib Mahamat. But the suffering of the Central Africans was not over as Ivorian Lancine Kone netted one minute later before Hassan Souari completed the rout with a goal eight minutes from full-time.
Batna battle for draw
Algerian lower-league outfit CA Batna had to come from behind twice at home to draw 2-2 with Al-Nasr of Libya in the opening fixture of the second-tier African Confederation Cup. Khaled Hussien scored late in the first half to give the Benghazi-based visitors a half-time advantage and Charaf Attia restored the Libyan lead 11 minutes into the second half.
Amine Fezzani equalised twice for Batna, who were relegated from the national championship last year but qualified for Africa as Algerian Cup runners-up because winners Entente Setif also won the league.
Angolan police team InterClube reached the last-32 stage of the Champions League without kicking a ball when financially-crippled Township Rollers of Botswana withdrew ahead of first leg in Luanda tomorrow.