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2012-05-14

Tragedy strikes as Mauritania season ends

By Mawassi Lahcen for Magharebia in Casablanca – 14/05/12

Tragedy struck on Day 20 of semi-professional league play in Mauritania, when Zem Zem footballer Mohamed Lemine Ould M'Boye collapsed on the pitch just twenty minutes into his team's game against Ligwareb.

He later died of a cardiac arrest on arrival at Rosso Hospital. The May 5th match was halted and postponed. The Mauritanian Football Federation offered condolences to the football family as a whole and asked clubs to ensure that players attend compulsory medicals and to recruit specialist doctors.

In other news, FC Tevragh-Zeina defeated ASC Armée 2-1, which restored them to top spot in the table with 44 points.

ASC Armée have 28 points and will stay up in Division 1.

CF Cansado lost to their northern neighbours ASC Kedia away in Zouerate. CF Cansado's defeat cost them their lead. With 43 points, they are now second.

Thanks to two goals from Moussa Seck, who is in superb form as the season draws to a close, ASAC Concorde have amassed 42 points and are lying third.

FC Nouadhibou won 3-0 at home against ASC Police, which brought them up to fourth in the standings, with 42 points. ASC Police have 21 points.

ASC Ksar's away game in Nouadhibou against Imraguens ended in defeat (0-1) and left them with 21 points.

ASC Tidjikdja beat Entente Sebkha 3-1, bringing their total up to 32 points. Entente still have 13 points.

USM Alger miss opportunity to seize lead

USM Alger have come within just one point of the lead currently held by Entente de Setif. However, they lost 3-4 at home to USM Bejaia. USM's goals all came from penalties.

In another delayed match, JS Kabylie won 3-1 against last-placed NAHD, who have just 22 points. They will be joined in Division 2 next season by MC Saida, who have 24 points. The third team to go down could be any of three sides – MC Oran, MC El Eulma and AS Khroub – who all have 31 points.

The Algerian football community is abuzz with the news that Vahid Halilhodzic has been appointed manager of the national team.

A 29-strong squad has been invited to attend a training session from May 21st to June 16th at the Algerian Football Federation's National Technical Centre in Sidi Moussa, Algiers.

Of the 29 players called up, 12 are currently playing in the national league.

The session will include four matches including a friendly in Niger on May 26th at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida. The other three games, which will be played in June, are qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup and the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN).

The national manager has selected Kamel Ghilas (Reims), Hilal Soudani (Guimaraes) and Rafik Djabour as forwards. Among the Algerian-based players selected, NA Hussein Dey defender Benlamri Djamel Eddine is being called up for the first time.

Tunisian clubs shine in continental championships

Meanwhile, all Tunisian clubs taking part in African continental championships qualified for the next round.

In the African Champions League, defending champions Esperance returned with the qualification card from Harare, Zimbabwe Sunday after drawing 1-1 against hosts Power Dynamos.

Esperance had already guaranteed qualification in the first leg match at Rades Stadium two weeks ago with a 6-0 win.

In the same competition, ES Sahel also qualified to the groups stage in spite of losing 1-0 Saturday evening to their Ivorian hosts Amadou Diallo in the second leg match of the round of 16.

Two weeks earlier, ES Sahel won 4-1 in the first leg match. ESS qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time since 2009 by winning 4-2 in aggregate.

"We've played a good match although it was difficult and the weather conditions were not good," ES Sahel coach Faouzi Benzarti said after the match. "The most important thing is that we've qualified to the next round. Therefore, we have to continue to work and make good preparations to the next rounds."

Meanwhile, in the African Confederation Cup, Tunisia's Club Africain have qualified to the quarter-finals after beating Swaziland's Royal Leopards 4-2.

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