Feb 22, 2018 Last Updated 8:07 AM, Feb 22, 2018

Difaa el Jadida of Morocco thrashed Benfica of Guinea-Bissau 10-0 at home on Saturday to achieve the biggest single-leg victory in African Champions League history.

Moroccan Hamid Ahaddad scored five goals in the preliminary round first leg rout and Tanzanian Simon Msuva contributed three for Jadida who led 6-0 at half-time.

Mauritanian Bakary N'Diaye opened the scoring after four minutes with Moroccan Bilal el Magri also on target.

The previous record for a single-leg win was shared by Kabwe Warriors of Zambia and Raja Casablanca of Morocco, who both secured nine-goal victories in qualifiers 39 seasons apart.

Kabwe Warriors beat Majantja of Lesotho 9-0 in 1972 when the competition was known as the African Cup of Champions Clubs, whilst Raja Casablanca were 10-1 winners over Tourbillon of Chad in 2011 .

Jadida's feat continued the momentum in Moroccan football following Morocco's convincing triumph in the African Nations Championship(CHAN) for home-based footballers last weekend.

Morocco's Wydad Casablanca are the reigning African Champions League title-holders, and Morocco have also bid to stage the 2026 World Cup.

After a bye, Wydad will launch their title defence against Stade Malien or newcomers Williamsville of the Ivory Coast who drew 1-1 in their first leg in Mali.

In other preliminary round first leg matches on Saturday, there was a shock 3-0 victory for Township Rollers of Botswana over 2015 semi-finalists Al Merrikh of Sudan in Gaborone.

Goals from Mosha Gaolaolwe and Edwin Moalosi gave the home side a two-goal half-time advantage and Segolame Boy came off the bench to score with his first touch 20 minutes from time.

No Botswana club has reached the group stage of the Champions League while Merrikh, and arch domestic rivals Al Hilal, are regular participants.

Elsewhere, former African champions Esperance of Tunisia - who won the trophy in 1994 and 2011 - were held to a 1-1 draw away to Concorde of Mauritania.

Sunday’s 4-2 victory away at Mighty Barracks set up Hirers FC for a Chigumula township derby in the final match of Sammy’s Super Cup which kicked off in November.

Hirers will at the end of February play against neighbours, Chigumula United FC; who on Saturday beat the Legends FC in an exhilarating first semifinal match which ended 7-6 on post-match penalties. The semifinals were played at Soche Ground in Blantyre’s township of Soche.

Valued at MK3 million, Sammy’s Super Cup is officially sponsored by former Football Association of Malawi (FAM) President and transportation tycoon, Sameer Sulemaan. The constituency trophy is competed for by teams based in Blantyre city South-West.

Speaking to Capital FM soon after the second semifinal match Sammy’s Super Cup coordinator, Isaac Zimba said the cup has been very influential in identifying footballers that have gone on to play for top sides in upper leagues.

“We expect a replication of the same progressive trend this year. This cup is without a shadow of doubt going to yield a lot of talented and young players that are going to rise up the ladder towards playing in this year’s season of the Super League.”

He played down assertions that Sulemaan introduced Sammy’s Super Cup as a political campaign gimmick stressing that it is aimed at developing football from the grass root in the area.

“Our Sponsor has been bankrolling this cup for a very long time. Aside his childhood love for football, Sulemaan has on more than one occasion assured as of his continued support.”

Zimba disclosed that he (Sulemaan) has told that he is coming back in a far much bigger way than Sammy’s Super Cup.

“Knowing the kind of man Sulemaan is we are very much optimistic that something bigger and better is in the offing for budding footballers in the area. We can’t wait.”  

Hirers coach asked organisers to seriously consider staging the final at neutral final just like they did with the semifinals to avoid violence.

“There’s a very strong likelihood that violence will erupt if we are going to face Chigumula United within Chigumula.

I can only hope that the organising committee will be very proactive by holding the final on an impersonal pitch. This is one of the measure that will pre-emptively avoid violence from supporters and team’s alike.”

West Ham have suspended director of player recruitment Tony Henry over claims he said the club would not sign any more African players.

The Daily Mail reported that Henry said African players "cause mayhem" when they are not in the team.

In a statement, West Ham said they will not tolerate any type of discrimination and have "therefore, acted swiftly due to the serious nature of these claims".

The Football Association says it will formally investigate the matter.

West Ham said Henry has been suspended pending "a full and thorough investigation".

A statement continued: "The West Ham United family is an inclusive one where, regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody feels welcome and included.

"The club will make no further comment until the investigation has been concluded."

All employees are trained on equality, diversity and unconscious bias, said the club.

The Professional Footballers' Assocaition said it was "shocked" by the reported comments and encouraged by West Ham's response.

"The PFA strongly condemn any such views and there is no place for them in football," it said.

West Ham have six first-team squad members of African descent: Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang, Joao Mario, Angelo Ogbonna, Arthur Masuaku and Edimilson Fernandes.

Senegal striker Diafra Sakho left the club in the January transfer window to join Rennes, with Ghana international Andre Ayew heading to Swansea.

West Ham are 12th in the Premier League, but only four points above the relegation zone.

Henry, who has previously worked for Everton, Sunderland and Chelsea, joined West Ham in 2014.

Roger Federer won his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title with a five-set victory over Marin Cilic.

The Swiss lost five games in a row as he dropped the fourth set but recovered to win 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1.

Federer, 36, becomes only the fourth player after Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win 20 or more major singles titles.

"It's a dream come true and the fairytale continues," said Federer, who has won three of the last five majors.

The final was played under the Rod Laver Arena roof as the tournament's extreme heat policy was invoked.

Despite starting at 19:30 local time in Melbourne, the conditions were if anything more testing than 24 hours earlier, when Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep played to the point of exhaustion in the women's final.

With the roof closed and air-conditioning taking the edge off the temperature, Federer and Cilic played out a gripping contest over three hours and two minutes.

After a poor start, Cilic looked to have the momentum when he won five games in a row to force a fifth set, but Federer clung on to his serve at the start of the decider and got the key break in the following game.

The Swiss ties the record for men's Australian Open titles at six with Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson, and moves four clear of Rafael Nadal in the all-time list for male Grand Slam champions on 20.

"I'm so happy, it's unbelievable," Federer added. "After the year I had last year, it's incredible."

Arsenal will need to pay well in excess of £50m to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, sources close to the German club say.

On Friday, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc called Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger “disrespectful” for talking publicly about the player.

Wenger has said the Gabon international would "fit in" at Arsenal.

But the clubs are now in talks over a deal would breach Arsenal's record £46.5m move for Alexandre Lacazette. 

Aubameyang has twice been left out of the Dortmund side for disciplinary reasons this season and did not return to the squad as anticipated for Friday's 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin.

Instead, he was pictured playibg five-a-side wearing a Dortmund shirt with Ousmane Dembele's name on the back.

After months of testing negotiations, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke sold forward Dembele to Barcelona for £135.5m in the summer.

Aubameyang's move would follow Henrikh Mkhitaryan's expected arrival at the club from Manchester United in a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez.

According to BBC Sport's David Ornstein, Arsenal are confident of striking a deal over the next week, which will involve negotiations over the fee and possibly a player exchange.

If the Aubameyang deal goes through Arsenal are unlikely to make any more significant singings, having been in contention to sign West Brom defender Jonny Evans.

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