Resurgence and Regret: Contrasting fortunes for Young Africans and Wydad in CAF Champions League


Tanzanian powerhouse Young Africans reignited their TotalEnergies CAF Champions League aspirations with a resounding 3-0 triumph over 10-man Medeama on Wednesday.

The victory, fueled by goals from Pacome Zouzoua, Bakari Mwamnyeto, and Mudathiri Yahya, positioned Young Africans second in Group D, trailing leaders Al Ahly by goal difference as they eye knockout stage qualification.

Meanwhile, Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca, another football giant, suffered a setback with a dismal 2-0 defeat to Tanzanian side Simba on Tuesday.

Expressing his frustration, Wydad coach Faouzi Benzarti deemed the performance “unacceptable” and lamented missed opportunities despite having ten chances.

The defeat left Wydad at the bottom of Group B with just three points from four games, facing an uphill battle to salvage their campaign.

ASEC Mimosas’ 3-0 win over Gwaneng Galaxy further compounded Wydad’s woes, pushing them deeper into the abyss.

Benzarti, acknowledging the challenges, conceded, “Things have become very complicated,” as Wydad now must win their remaining two games and hope for favorable outcomes elsewhere to stay in contention.

The upcoming break for the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations provides a respite for Wydad to reassess and strategize. However, even the seasoned Benzarti appears uncertain whether Wydad’s CAF Champions League journey can be rescued after this humbling loss.

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