One season to forget, another not to miss

Close to relegation during the last season of Botola Pro D1 “Inwi”, Mouloudia Club Oujda (MCO) is condemned to do better in this 2022-2023 season and to achieve results worthy of the club’s history. and up to the expectations of its supporters.

Indeed, the last season has been disappointing to say the least for the Oujdi club, especially after ranking among the top five in the national championship in the previous season (2020-2021), which had raised hopes for a revival. of “Sindibad Acharq”, so that he can shine on the national and continental scene.

But the MCO was overtaken once again by the inconsistency of its performances and its financial problems, having postponed the hope of restoring the image of a club which has in its showcase four Throne Cups (1957,1958,1960 ,1962) and a Botola D1 title (1975).
Presumably, a long way remains to be done before being able to reconnect with the glories of the past, but the aficionados of the green and white club believe in the ability of the MCO to play the role of an outsider capable of creating a surprise.

For this, they are crossing their fingers so that their team is not once again hampered by its ever-present financial problems.
Moreover, the president of the club, Mohamed Houar, did not fail to recall this reality during the last general meeting of the MCO, held recently, and even sounded the alarm against the “acute financial crisis” that crosses the club.

This situation is responsible for the MCO’s “catastrophic” season in the championship, he underlined in a statement to the press on this occasion, calling for the combined efforts of all stakeholders to support the club and allow it to play a leading role again.

“It cannot be the work of one person or one party. It is a collective project which requires the contribution of all the actors concerned, both financially and morally”, said Mr. Houar, affirming that he is ready to resign from the presidency of the club if the latter does not receive the necessary support from the authorities, economic players and supporters.

During the last 2021-2022 season, the club achieved revenue of around 30 million dirhams (MDH) against more than 64 MDH of expenditure, i.e. a deficit of nearly 34 MDH.
A critical financial situation which risks compromising the chances of a return of Mouloudia to the front of the national and continental sports scene.

However, hopes remain high and the MCO has, time and time again throughout its 76-year history, proven its resilience in the face of crises and difficult times.
To meet the challenge of the new season, the club has confidence in coach Mounir Jaouani, who arrived last May to replace Hilal Ettair. Jaaouani notably coached KAC de Kenitra and Renaissance de Berkane, with which he won the Throne Cup in 2018.

On the newcomers’ side, we find attackers Abdelkader Kaibou and Nadir Louqmani, defender Badr Gadarine, midfielder Farhi Ibrahim Benhalima and goalkeeper Ziad El Afssa.

As for departures, we find, among others, goalkeeper Yassine Maâmouch and attacking midfielder Yassine Labhiri.
The 2022-2023 campaign therefore promises to be difficult but not impossible for the Oujdi club, which remains determined to honor the sporting history of the capital of the Oriental.

By Hicham Boumehdi (MAP)

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