2016–17 Botola

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Botola
Season2016–17
ChampionsWydad Casablanca
19th title
RelegatedKAC Kénitra
JS de Kasbah Tadla
Champions LeagueWydad Casablanca
Difaâ El Jadidi
Confederation CupRaja Casablanca
RSB Berkane
Matches played240
Goals scored534 (2.23 per match)
Top goalscorerWilliam Jebor (19 goals)
Biggest home winDH El Jadida 6–1 JS Kasbah Tadla
(21 May 2017)
Biggest away winAS FAR 0–5 Wydad AC
(23 October 2016)
Highest scoringDH El Jadida 6–1 JS Kasbah Tadla
(21 May 2017)
Longest winning run6 matches
Wydad AC
Longest unbeaten run17 matches
DH El Jadidi
Longest winless run12 matches
JS Kasbah Tadla
Longest losing run5 matches
KAC Marrakesh

The 2016–17 Botola, also known as Botola Maroc Telecom for sponsorship reasons, is the 60th season of the Premier League and the 6th under its new format of Moroccan Pro League, the top Moroccan professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1915. The fixtures were announced on 2 August 2016. The season started on 27 August 2016 and may be ended on 28 May 2017.

FUS Rabat came into the season as defending champions of the 2015–16 season. Chabab Atlas Khénifra and Chabab Kasbah Tadla entered as the two promoted teams from the 2015–16 GNF 2.

Wydad Casablanca won the league for a record 19th time in Botola history after beating Olympic Safi on 17 May 2017.[1]

Teams[edit]

Personnel and kits[edit]

Teams Managers Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Chabab Atlas Khénifra Morocco Samir Yaich Bang Sports
Chabab Rif Al Hoceima Morocco Youssef Fertout Bang Sports Al Omrane, CGI
Difaâ El Jadidi Morocco Abderrahim Talib Bang Sports Alitkane, innjoo, Radio Mars, TGCC1
Association sportive des FAR Morocco Aziz El Amri Uhlsport
FUS Rabat Morocco Walid Regragui Uhlsport Emaar, Novec1, LafargeHolcim23
Hassania Agadir Spain Francisco Javier Bernal Uhlsport Afriquia, Skoda1, Souss-Massa2, Joly3
IR Tanger Morocco Bachir Bouita Bang Sports University of New England, APM Terminals
JS de Kasbah Tadla Morocco Abderrazak Khairi Legea Syron
KAC Kénitra Morocco Hassan Ajenoui
Kawkab Marrakesh Morocco Youssef Meriana Puma Poste Maroc, Sanad, CitySport, Menara Mall1
Moghreb Tétouan Morocco Amin Erbati (interim) King Sports Maroc Halib Tetaouen, Radio Mars
OC Khouribga Algeria Azzedine Aït Djoudi Bang Sports
Olympic Safi Morocco Mohamed Amine Benhachem Uhlsport Fitco
Raja Casablanca Morocco Mohamed Fakhir Adidas Siera, Nor'Dar, CitySport, Hyundai1, MarsaMaroc23, Atlanta Assurances23
RSB Berkane Morocco Rachid Taoussi Bang Sports
Wydad Casablanca Morocco Hussein Amotta Adidas Ingelec
1. ^ On the back of shirt.
2. ^ On the sleeves.
3. ^ On the shorts.
  • Maroc Telecom is a sponsor for all the league's teams.
  • Additionally, referee kits are made by Adidas.

Managerial changes[edit]

Teams Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment
KAC Kénitra Morocco Samir Yaich Sacked 3 June 2016 Morocco Jamal Faouzi 17 July 2016
RSB Berkane France Bertrand Marchand End of contract 1 July 2016 Algeria Miloud Hamdi 14 July 2016
Chabab Rif Al Hoceima Morocco Fouad Sahabi End of contract 22 July 2016 France Dominique Bijotat 22 July 2016
Raja Casablanca Morocco Rachid Taoussi Sacked 7 August 2016 Morocco Mohamed Fakhir 9 August 2016
RSB Berkane Algeria Miloud Hamdi Contract termination 27 August 2016 Morocco Rachid Taoussi 31 August 2016
Wydad Casablanca Wales John Toshack Sacked 16 September 2016 France Sébastien Desabre 20 September 2016
KAC Kénitra Morocco Jamal Faouzi Resigned 17 September 2016 France Jean-Guy Wallemme 21 September 2016
Kawkab Marrakesh Morocco Hassan Benabicha Contract termination 27 September 2016 Morocco Fouad Sahabi 28 September 2016
Chabab Atlas Khénifra Morocco Mohamed Bouthir Sacked 28 September 2016 Morocco Samir Yaich 28 September 2016
Association sportive des FAR Morocco Abdelmalek El Aziz Sacked 24 October 2016 Morocco Aziz El Amri 24 October 2016
Chabab Rif Al Hoceima France Dominique Bijotat Resigned 3 November 2016 Morocco Said Zekri (interim) 15 November 2016
OC Khouribga Morocco Youssef El Mrini Resigned 8 November 2016 Algeria Azzedine Aït Djoudi 14 November 2016
Olympic Safi Morocco Hicham Dmii Contract termination 19 November 2016 Morocco Mohamed Amine Benhachem 25 November 2016
KAC Kénitra France Jean-Guy Wallemme Sacked 23 November 2016 Morocco Youssef El Mrini 23 November 2016
Chabab Rif Al Hoceima Morocco Said Zekri (interim) End of tenure as caretaker 15 December 2016 Spain Mohamed Lahcen Ahmed 15 December 2016
Kawkab Marrakesh Morocco Fouad Sahabi Sacked 25 December 2016 Morocco Ahmed Bahja 27 December 2016
Wydad Casablanca France Sébastien Desabre Sacked 6 January 2017 Morocco Hussein Amotta 6 January 2017
Chabab Rif Al Hoceima Spain Mohamed Lahcen Ahmed Sacked 8 January 2017 Morocco Youssef Fertout 8 January 2016
KAC Kénitra Morocco Youssef El Mrini Sacked 10 February 2017 Morocco Hassan Ajenoui 19 February 2017
JS de Kasbah Tadla Morocco Hicham Eladrissi Sacked 26 February 2017 Morocco Abderrazak Khairi 7 March 2017
Hassania Agadir Morocco Abdelhadi Sektioui Resigned 3 April 2017 Morocco Abdelkbir Meziane (interim) 5 April 2017
IR Tanger Algeria Abdelhak Benchikha Contract termination 16 April 2017 Morocco Mohamed Sabek (interim) 16 April 2017
Hassania Agadir Morocco Abdelkbir Meziane (interim) End of tenure as caretaker 26 April 2017 Spain Francisco Javier Bernal 26 April 2017
Kawkab Marrakesh Morocco Ahmed Bahja Sacked 29 April 2017 Morocco Youssef Meriana 1 May 2017
IR Tanger Morocco Mohamed Sabek (interim) End of tenure as caretaker 30 April 2017 Morocco Bachir Bouita 3 May 2017
Moghreb Tétouan Spain Sergio Lobera Sacked 1 May 2017 Morocco Amin Erbati (interim) 1 May 2017

Results[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Wydad Casablanca (C, Q) 30 19 9 2 50 24 +26 66 Qualification to the CAF Champions League
2 Difaâ El Jadidi (Q) 30 16 11 3 45 23 +22 59
3 Raja Casablanca (Q) 30 15 12 3 42 17 +25 57 Qualification to the CAF Confederation Cup
4 RS Berkane (Q) 30 14 9 7 30 16 +14 51
5 IR Tanger 30 12 9 9 33 25 +8 45
6 AS FAR 30 11 11 8 42 39 +3 44
7 FUS Rabat 30 11 7 12 32 32 0 40
8 Hassania Agadir 30 10 8 12 32 40 −8 38
9 Olympic Safi 30 10 6 14 25 32 −7 36
10 Chabab Atlas Khénifra 30 7 13 10 25 24 +1 34
11 Olympique Khouribga 30 10 4 16 34 40 −6 34
12 Moghreb Tétouan 30 9 7 14 30 37 −7 34
13 Kawkab Marrakesh 30 9 6 15 36 42 −6 33
14 Chabab Rif Al Hoceima 30 8 7 15 26 46 −20 31
15 JS de Kasbah Tadla (R) 30 7 7 16 25 47 −22 28 Relegation to Botola 2
16 KAC Kénitra (R) 30 5 8 17 27 50 −23 23
Updated to match(es) played on 13 June 2017. Source: scoresway.com[2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.

Result table[edit]

Home \ Away CAK CRA DHJ FAR FUS HUSA IRT JSKT KAC KACM MAT OCS OCK RCA RSB WAC
CA Khénifra 3–0 2–2 0–0 1–3 2–1 0–0 0–0 4–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–1
CR Hoceima 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–4 1–2 1–1 1–2
Difaâ El Jadidi 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 4–1 6–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
AS FAR 1–0 4–1 2–4 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–2 2–2 2–0 4–2 1–1 0–1 0–5
FUS Rabat 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–2 1–0 1–2
Hassania Agadir 1–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–4 2–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 3–2 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–1
IR Tanger 0–0 4–1 4–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–1
JS Kasbah Tadla 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–2 0–1 1–3 1–0 0–2 2–0 0–2
KAC Kénitra 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–2 1–1 3–0 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–1
Kawkab Marrakech 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 2–3
Moghreb Tétouan 0–0 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 4–0 4–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1
OC Safi 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–2
OC Khouribga 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 3–1 0–4 4–1 4–0 0–0 0–1 2–3
Raja 1–0 2–1 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 4–0 2–1 4–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0
RS Berkane 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 3–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1
Wydad 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–3 2–1 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 13 June 2017. Source: Botola Pro
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 13 June 2017.[3][4]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Liberia William Jebor Wydad Casablanca 19
2 Morocco Mohammed El Fakih Kawkab Marrakech 14
Morocco Jalal Daoudi Hassania Agadir
4 Morocco Walid Azaro Difaâ El Jadidi 12
5 Morocco Amin Tighazoui Olympique Khouribga 10
Morocco Zaid Krouch Moghreb Tétouan
7 Morocco Issam Erraki Raja Casablanca 9
Gabon Ngombe Mbengue Olympique Khouribga
9 Morocco Karim El Berkaoui Hassania Agadir 8
Morocco Mohamed Kamal AS FAR
Republic of the Congo Fabrice Ondama Wydad Casablanca
Morocco Zakaria Hadraf Difaâ El Jadidi

Top assists[edit]

As of 13 June 2017[5]
Rank Player Club Assists
1 Morocco Mohamed Ounajem Wydad Casablanca 7
Morocco Abdelilah Hafidi Raja Casablanca
2 Morocco Abdessalam Benjelloun FUS Rabat 6
4 Morocco Mahmoud Benhalib Raja Casablanca 5
Morocco Achraf Bencharki Wydad Casablanca
Morocco Walid Azaro Difaâ El Jadidi
Morocco Bilal El Megri Olympique Khouribga
7 Morocco Mehdi Dghoughi JS de Kasbah Tadla 4
Morocco Mouad Sahoufi Chabab Atlas Khénifra
Morocco Ayoub Gaâdaoui KAC Kénitra
Morocco Mehdi Battach FUS Rabat
Morocco Amine Sadiki RSB Berkane

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Round
Morocco Zakaria Hadraf Difaa El Jadidi IR Tanger 4-1 (H) 4 February 2017 16
Morocco Mustapha El Yousfi AS FAR Olympique Khouribga 4-2 (H) 5 March 2017 20

(H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Annual awards[edit]

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation, in coordination with the LNFP ( Ligue Nationale du Football Professionnel) and the UMFP (Union Marocaine des Footballeurs Professionnels), organized on Monday 3 July 2017 "Stars' Night" in honor of the players, coaches and referees who were distinguished during the 2016/2017 season.[6][7]

Award Winner Club
Best Manager of the Season Morocco Hussein Amotta Wydad AC
Best Player of the Season Morocco Mohamed Ounajem Wydad AC
Best Promising Player of the Season Morocco Ahmed Hammoudan IR Tanger
Best Goalkeeper of the Season Morocco Anas Zniti Raja CA
Best Foreign Player of the Season Mali Mohamed Konate RS Berkane

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Championnat du Maroc: Wydad Casablanca champion à deux journées de la fin". 17 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Botola Pro 2016/2017 - Regular Season - Soccer - Scoresway - Results, fixtures, tables and statistics". www.scoresway.com.
  3. ^ "Championnat National Botola Maroc Telecom 2015/2016 Top Scorers". fifa.com
  4. ^ "البطولة الإحترافية إتصالات المغرب 2017/2016 قائمة الهدافين". kooora.com
  5. ^ "Le classement des passeurs décisifs". mountakhab.net. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  6. ^ "ليلة النجوم للإحتفاء وتكريم الابطال" [Stars' night to celebrate and honor the heroes]. FRMF. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Nuit Des Stars "LAYLAT ANNOJOUM"" [Night Of The Stars]. Association Marocaine des Footballeurs. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

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