Wydad take action after Downs qualify

CAF Champions League

Wydad Casablanca have fired head coach Zoran Manojlovic just six months into his job after failing to meet the Botola champions lofty expectations.

The 57-year-old Serbian arrived in the off-season as a replacement for Faouzi Benzarti and started life in Morocco in emphatic fashion with seven straight wins.

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However, an early exit in the Arab Cup, falling four points behind RCB Berkane in the title race and only one win in four games in the CAF Champions League has seen Wydad pull the plug.

The 2-2 draw with Petro du Luanda was seemingly the last straw for the club's hierarchy, as Group C rivals Mamelodi Sundowns secured a last-eight berth with two rounds of fixtures remaining.

While the club's board and fans alike have often expressed their admiration for Masandawana boss Pitso Mosimane, it's unlikely that the African giants will make a move for the South African tactician.

Former Pyramids and Uganda boss Sebastien Desabre is reportedly favourite for the vacancy, in what would be his second spell in charge, following his stint in 2016 to 2017.