Association Sportive des Employés de Commerce Mimosas, which translates as Mimosas Commerce Employees' Sporting Association, are an Ivorian football club playing in the Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1, the country’s top-flight league.
They were founded in 1948 and are Ivory Coast’s most successful club, winning the local league on a record 24 occasions, their last being in 2010.
ASEC currently sit second in the Ligue 1 standings this season, four points adrift of first-placed Sewe Sport. Their team colours are similar to Kaizer Chiefs, donning yellow and black for their home fixtures.
The Ivorian club has a strong academy which has produced some of Africa’s top exports, including Didier Zokora, Emmanuel Eboué, Gervinho, Salomon Kalou and current African Player of the Year, Yaya Toure.
ASEC have a rich history in African competitions, having won the CAF Champions League title in 1998, three years after losing to the Glamour Boys’ Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates in the 1995 Final. They have made three appearances in the CAF Confederation Cup, reaching the quarterfinals in 2011.
Previous coaches at ASEC include former Bafana Bafana and Chiefs coach Philippe Troussier, as well as ex-Mamelodi Sundowns coach Oscar Fullone.
BY Fabio De Dominicis