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Asec crowned Ivorian champions

By John James
BBC Sport, Abidjan

Roger Ouegnin
Roger Ouegnin has guided Asec to 17 league crowns during his tenure

Asec Mimosas have won Ivory Coast's league championship for the 24th time with two round of league matches still left to play.

Asec lost 2-1 at the weekend at AS Denguele but became mathematically impossible to catch after rivals JCAT failed to capitalise.

The second-placed side in the league now trail by seven points after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to ASC Ouragahio.

A mistake by Asec's international goalkeeper Daniel Yeboah prompted Asec's loss but they were celebrating nonetheless.

"We messed things up in this match, but the key thing is that we've won the title", said Asec capitan Hugues Zagbayou.

Asec's 17th league win in the last 21 seasons, the period when Roger Ouegnin has been chairman of the club, enables them to try to become African champions for the first time since 1998.

"We slipped up (against Denguele) and if we're to make an impact in continental competition, we need to avoid making such mistakes" coach Maxime Gouamene was quoted as saying by the club's website.

Long one of the continent's top sides, Asec have struggled in the African Champions League in the last two seasons, falling at the first hurdle this year after another comical goalkeeping error.

Asec are Ivory Coast's most successful side and the majority of the country's Europe-based stars - like Yaya and Kolo Toure, Salomon Kalou and Gervinho - grew up at the club's academy.

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