Wydad Casablanca (2) 4 (Mohammed 7’, El Kaabi 44’, Msuva 87’, Jabarane 90+3’) Kaizer Chiefs 0 (0)
Kaizer Chiefs fell to a 4-0 loss against Wydad Casablanca in their second Group C game of the CAF Champions Leg, on Sunday afternoon at the 4th August Stadium in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso. The game was originally meant to have been played on the 13th February in Morocco. Wydad scored two goals in the first half of the game when Ounnajem Mohammed headed in the first goal in the 7th minute, and then doubled their lead with another headed goal in the final minute of the first half when Ayoub El Kaabi nudged the ball home from close range. Simon Msuva scored a third in the final three minutes and Yahya Jabrane converted a late penalty to seal the points for Wydad.
Wydad were in front in the 7th minute Mujaid Ellafi inside the left flank of the Chiefs 18- yard area, brought a quickly taken lofted free kick by Jabrane under control with his left leg before chipping it over the Chiefs backline towards the far post. The ball evading Amakhosi’s defense and travelling over to the back post where Mohammed came running in to stab the ball home to make the score 1-0 in favour of Wydad.
Conceding early did not seem to put a damper on Chiefs spirits as they pushed to get back into the game, while Wydad switched tactics hoping to get the better of Amakhosi on the counterattack. Chiefs were being creative and after Wydad keeper Ahmed Tagnaouti came off his line to clear a loose ball, it fell to Nurković who attempted to lob the ball over the keeper but could not get his strike on target, in the 28th minute.
Chiefs kept up the dominance in the middle periods of the first half and then in the 34th minute, a neat series of passes between Chiefs players, saw Nurković thread the ball through the Wydad defense for Castro but the ball took an awkward bounce and went out for a goal kick. Castro tried in vain to reach the ball which harmlessly rolled out of play. A minute later Khune came to the rescue for Chiefs making a goal line save at close range – a ball in from the left evaded the Wydad’s Yahya Idrissi and bounced awkwardly but the Chiefs keeper was alert to the danger and pushed it away.
In the 39 minute Chiefs had the Wydad goal under siege with goalkeeper Tagnaouti and his defense making a series of mistakes, as a result of miscommunication which saw the keeper unable to hold onto a number of crosses. Eventually Wydad cleared their lines and set up a counter-attack which looked threatening until Khune raced out of his 18-yard area and cleared the ball away.
In the final minute of the first half, Wydad doubled their lead when a long looping cross from the right wing flew to the far post where El Kaabi managed to read the flight of the ball and lunged at it heading it home to ensure the Moroccan’s went into the break 2-0 up.
Chiefs created a good chance in the 59th minute when Lebogang Manyama sent the ball goalwards where Kearyn Baccus was able to meet the ball with his head flicking it towards goal. It took a leaping dive by Tagnaouti to turn the ball out for a goal kick. A minute later Baccus tested the Wydad keeper again sending a volleyed effort at him but Tagnaouti managed to get down and made a save.
In the 82nd minute El Kaabi managed to evade a tackle from Siyabonga Ngezana before teeing up Msuva who hit the ball on the volley. Khune crouched down, leaped off the ground and turned the ball around his post for a corner. Five minutes later the Tanzanian manage to score a long ball from the back which found him inside the right channel of the Chiefs 18-yard area. Khune came off his line to thwart him Msuva lifted the ball over his head to make it 3-0.
Inside the referee’s optional time Chiefs skipper Ramahlwe Mphahlele was sent off rather harshly for a handball in the six-yard area, his second bookable offence. From the penalty Jabrane sent Khune the wrong way and made it 4-0.
Chiefs will look to turn things around in their next game in the competition on the 6th March at home against Petro Luanda.