• Transfers: Youssef Aït Bennasser proud to begin Monaco adventure

    (Goal.com) The 22-year-old is back at the Stade Louis II after spending the last two seasons on loan

    Morocco international Youssef Aït Bennasser is delighted to return to Monaco for the 2018-19 campaign.

    In 2016, Bennasser joined the Red and Whites in a five-year deal from Nancy and was sent back to the Ligue 2 club temporarily for the 2016-17 campaign.

    The following season, the midfielder was loaned to Caen where he managed 29 appearances across all competitions last term.

    On Monday, the club presented reinstated players and new-signings to the media and Aït Bennasser disclosed his feeling as he prepares to feature for Leonardo Jardim’s men this season.

    “Very happy and proud to start my adventure with Monaco,” Ait Bennasser tweeted.

    Monaco started their campaign with a 3-0 win over Nantes but were held to a goalless draw by Lille on Saturday.

    They visit Bordeaux for their next league fixture on Sunday and the Atlas Lions midfielder will hope to grab some playing time.

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  • Transfers: Soufyan Amrabat on his way out of Feyenoord

    (Football-Oranje.com) Giovanni van Bronckhorst has confirmed that Sofyan Ambrabat wants to leave Feyenoord.

    Amrabat was missing from Thursday’s draw with AS Trencin and was not included in the squad for Sunday’s tie with Excelsior. Van Bronckhorst told Fox Sports, “Sofyan has indicated that he would prefer to leave Feyenoord during the week. I do not know if he leaves, that is up to Martin (van Geel). At the moment, I do not take him into account for my plans. “

    Amrabat moved from Utrecht to Feyenoord last summer and made 31 appearances, mostly from the bench. The 21-year-old was part of the Moroccan World Cup squad.

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  • CAF Confed Cup: Raja slump to first defeat in Kinshasa

    (Africanfootball.com) AS Vita booked their place in the knockout stages of the 2018 CAF Confederations Cup following a 2-0 win over Raja Casablanca at the Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa on Sunday afternoon.

    Goals from Fabrice Luamba Ngoma and Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele moves the Democratic Republic of Congo giants top of Group A with one round of fixtures remaining.

    The DRC side now sit on 10 points after five matches, two more than their Moroccan counterparts and four more than ASEC Mimosas who eliminated Aduana Stars with victory in Dormaa Ahenkro.

    The Black Dolphins raced into a deserved lead five minutes after the interval as Ngoma fired a rasping left-footed shot into the back of the net from outside the area.

    Mundele doubled the hosts lead in the 59th minute following a blistering counter-attack. The attacker showed great composure to weave past one defender before guiding the ball past the helpless Raja goalkeeper.

    The Green Eagles were unconvincing throughout and although they turned up the pressure on the Vita Club goal in the closing stages, it was too little too late as the hosts claimed all three points.

    The Black Dolphins head to Abidjan on matchday six knowing that they have already booked their place in the quarterfinals, but will have to beat ASEC if they are to be guaranteed of holding onto top spot.

    Raja are at home to Aduana who will only be playing for pride in Casablanca as the Green Eagles aim to keep their hopes of reaching the last eight alive.

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  • CAF CL: Berkane ride out the Blue Wave, go top of Group B

    (Africanfootball.com) RS Berkane netted two fine goals to move top of Group B and officially end Al-Hilal's chances of reaching the 2018 CAF Confederations Cup knockout stages, at the Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman on Sunday evening.

    Kodjo Fo-Doh Lab and Alain Traore found the back of the net in a 2-0 win for the Moroccan club as they successfully capitalized on Al-Masry's 1-1 draw with UD Songo in Beria earlier today.

    Victory for Berkane have subsequently booked their place in the knockout stages alongside Egyptian outfit Al-Masry.

    The Oranges have accumulated 10 points from from five matches, one more than Al-Masry who host Al-Hilal in Port Said later this month. Berkane welcome already eliminated Songo in their final game of the group stages.

    Berkane opened the scoring through Kodjo in the 40th minute of the clash. The Togolese forward powered into the area before firing the ball into the corner of the net to bag a timely goal for the visitors.

    Burkina Faso international Alain Traore made sure of the result in the 64th minute of the clash with a left-footed rocket on his continental debut for the club, as Berkane claimed all three points.

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  • CAF CL: El Jadidi brush aside MC Alger

    (Africanfootball.com) Difaa El Jadidi beat MC Alger 2-0 in the 2018 CAF Champions League Group B match at the Stade El Abdi in Morocco on Saturday night.

    However, Morocco's El Jadidi remained fourth on the Group B table, while Algerian side Alger also remained second on the standings.

    El Jadidi dominated the match from the start with Tanzania international Simon Msuva looking lively upfront for the hosts.

    The 24-year-old forward was causing havoc for the Dean defence which was led by Ayoub Azziz.

    El Jadidi's pressure on the Alger defence paid off a minute before the half-hour mark and Msuva was involved in the goal.

    The attacker set-up Bilal El Megri, who hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to El Jadidi with a good finish.

    The Dean tried to press the hosts in search of the equalising goal with the half-time break fast approaching.

    However, home side's defence looked organised and impenetrable with Mauritanian defender Bakay N'Diaye marshalling it.

    The score was 1-0 to El Jadidi at the interval with Alger having failed to level matters.

    Hichem Cherif El Ouazani was introduced by Alger as the visitors looked to level matters in the second-half.

    However, the hosts continued to attack as they looked to double their lead against the Dean.

    El Jadidi did double their lead with 15 minutes left on the clock and it was Msuva who scored to make to 2-0 to the home side.

    The goal sealed El Jadidi's 2-0 victory over Alger on the night.

    El Jadidi (1) 2 (El Megri 29', Msuva 75')

    Alger (0) 0

    El Jadidi: El Yousfi, N'Diaye, Lagrou, Hadhoudi, Ngah (Jayid 74'), Asstati, Karnass, Bemammer, Nanah, Msuva, El Megri.

    Alger; Chaal, Achoud, Mebarakou, Azzi, Arous (Hachi 80'), Amada, Bendebka, Dieng (Cherif El Oiazani 65'), Derardja, Nekkache, Souibaah.

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  • CAF CL: Holders Wydad edge Sundowns to reach quarters

    (CAFonline.com) Defending champions, Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco booked their place at the quarters after a hard fought lone goal victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in their Group C Day Five clash on Friday in Casablanca.

    Anas Al Asbahi scored the only goal on 56 minutes with a shot that beat Sundowns goalie Denis Onyango to go three points clear at the top with a game in hand. The Moroccan giants have 11 points, three more than Horoya of Guinea, who edged AS Port of Togo 2-1 in the earlier kick-off in Conakry. Sundowns are third on five points with AS Port at the bottom with three points.

    Sundowns, winners in 2016, will have to beat Horoya in their ultimate Group C match in a fortnight to qualify for the last eight at the expense of the Guinean champions.

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  • Transfers: Jawad El Yamiq leaves Genoa for Serie B side Perugia on loan. Achraf Lazaar move to Genoa fell through and he returns to Newcastle as transfer deadline closed in Italy.

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  • Transfers: Celta Vigo signs U-20 forward Zinedine Labyad. He will join the youth squad of Celta.

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  • Transfers: Schalke sign Morocco left back Mendyl on five-year deal

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Champions League participants Schalke 04 on Friday signed Morocco defender Hamza Mendyl from French club OSC Lille on a five-year contract, boosting their back line a week before the start of the Bundesliga season.

    The 20-year-old left back was part of Morocco’s World Cup squad in June but did not feature in their three group matches in Russia.

    He has earned 13 caps for his country and played 13 Ligue 1 matches after joining Lille in 2016 as a teenager.

    “He offers a lot of what we want from that position,” said Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco. “Athleticism, power, robust strength in attack. We look forward to joining him in his own talent’s development.”

    Schalke, Bundesliga runners-up last season, have automatically qualified for the Champions League group stage.

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  • Transfers: CD Leganes signs Youssef En-Nesyri on a 5 year deal from Malaga. He will join Nabil El Zhar.

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