Ivory Coast giants The Amicale Sportive des Employés de Commerce (ASEC) Mimosas cruised to a record 24th title in the Cote devoire topflight soccer league on Saturday, despite losing 1-2 to AS Denguele.
ASEC Mimosas (also known as ASEC Abidjan at international level) have now accumulated 45 points from 24 matches, and sit on top of the league with a 7 point cushion over their closest rivals JCAT, with just two games remaining.
JCAT were held to a disappointing 1-1 home draw by ASC Ouraghio to surrender their title hopes to ASEC.
Having lost any opportunity to catch up or even take over first spot from ASEC, JCAT will now have to be contended with fighting for second spot with the likes of ASEC's bitter rivals Africa Sport.
On a weekend of disappointing results for the top teams in the league, Africa Sport's chances received a knock following a goalless draw with Stade d’Abidjan over the weekend. At 34 points, Africa Sports still harbour hopes of playing continental football next year.
ASEC have become Ivory Coast's most successful club of all times, and have won 9 of the last 10 possible titles in Ivory Coast.
Winning the title means ASEC will represent Ivory Coast in the Champions League next year. ASEC are former African Champions League winners, having beaten Dynamos FC of Zimbabwe in the 1998 cup final second leg match in Abidjan.
The Abidjan-based team is fondly remembered in the world of soccer for having provided the conveyer-belt which churned out the likes of African stars in Europe such as Kolo and Yaya Toure of Manchester City in England, Salomon Kalou of Chelsea and Didier Zokora of Sevilla FC in Spain.