Monday, Nov 14, 2022 01:07 PM
Mohamed Amine Alioua has chosen to stay humble after ASFAR’s historic 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League title victory over former winners Mamelodi Sundowns at Stade Prince Moulay Abdellah in Morocco on Sunday night.
The Moroccan champions condemned a nine-woman South African side to a 4-0 defeat thanks to Ibtissam Jraidi’s hat trick and Fatima Tagnaout strike on their home ground in Rabat. The historic victory means ASFAR become the very first North African team to clinch the men’s and women’s Champions League titles.
A feat the grateful tactician has attributed to the big investments into women’s club and the national team in the last decade while revering Nigeria and South Africa as their leading powerhouses.
“The administration of ASFAR and the adopted professionalism in 2012, we believed strongly in this project, and over the last 10 years, we can see the fruits are here, so we have to thank all,” Alioua told CAFOnline.com.
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“We came only to make things better, on the laid foundation. I want to thank our girls, and want us to believe in our unity, even if the method adopted is slow but it will be sure good.
“Just like we are trying to create a mindset to take responsibility. I thank the CAF for the tournament and it will make sure that women’s football grows. We have two bosses South Africa and Nigeria and we are working to be better.”
The Rabat-based club drew the first blood as early as 15 minutes through Tagnaout from the spot before Jraidi hit a treble in the second half to increase the tally to four after the South Africans were reduced to nine-player.
“I am satisfied that ASFAR managed to keep the African Women’s Champions League trophy in Morocco. On a psychological and mental level, the ASFAR players were motivated and focused on their objective,” Alioua continued.
“It was the team that had more desire and the most tactically disciplined who had the last word. Playing in the final was already a feat in itself, but we felt very close to the goal and we did everything to achieve it.
“Mamelodi Sundowns were red-carded, but we opened the scoring when the two teams were playing eleven against eleven. The most important thing was to win, and I think frankly we had a team to get the job done.”
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