Today in history: Berekum Chelsea demolish Raja to set Ghanaian record


0n 25 March, 2012, the Ghana league champions at the time defeated the three times African champions, Raja Casablanca by 5 goals to nil at the Berekum Golden City Park to set a record that stands till date in the CAF Champions League as the first team to whip the Moroccan giants by that margin in continental club football.

A second half explosion saw Chelsea score five goals through Solomon Asante, captain Abdul Basit and a hat-trick from striker Emmanuel Clottey to lead the first leg.

The lead puts the Ghanaian champions in a comfortable position as they play in their debut continental competition against the three-time winners.

Chelsea coach then, Hans Van der Plyum was thrilled with the scoreline against the Moroccan side.

“Our strategy is to score more goals than the opponent. If you get a chance against a side like Raja and play first at home, you have to take your chances. If you get the opportunities to score more goals, you have to take them very well. These teams are always difficult to beat away too,” the Chelsea said.

Raja defeated Berekum Chelsea 3-0 in the return leg, but it wasn’t enough to book them a place in the last stage of the elimination phase.

Chelsea moved all the way to the group stage of the CAF Champions League by knocking out another power house on the African continent, Cotton Sports Garoau of Cameroon

However, they placed third in their group to El Ahly of Egypt and T.P Mazembe of Congo, with Zamalek finishing last; all former winners of the competition.

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