Wydad Casablanca deny match-fixing with Lobi Stars

Wydad Casablanca president Said Naciri has again responded to a report of match-fixing by his club in their CAF Champions League game against Lobi Stars of Nigeria.

Lobi hosted Wydad on February 3 in Enugu, Nigeria for the Champions League match in Group A, and lost 1-0 in Enugu. The Nigerians however put up a commanding display in the second leg they played a 0-0 draw at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.

But Lobi coach Solomon Ogbeide claimed the Moroccans offered his players money to lose their Tuesday clash, but Wydad boss has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

Naciri told Goal vehemently that the accusation, while demanding that the ‘person’ in question be exposed.

He said, “These drips have no basis and Wydad are even bigger than that. We do not need to bribe anyone to win games because we are not a small team.

“Lobi Stars must talk about the identity of the person who gave them funds if they are correct. The word ‘person’ in Morocco has many meanings.

 “We will not care about such things in this important period of the club and if we receive an official letter from CAF, we will respond.

“I think these things (match-fixing) started to disappear from the continent in recent years and I do not know what brought about this talk from the coach of the Nigerian team.

“They (Lobi Stars) played a good game and have hopes to move to the next round.”

It was learnt that the Confederation of African Football has been notified about this development.

Lobi sit at the bottom of Group A and they face Mamelodi Sundowns in their next clash.