Waydad Casablanca goalkeeper Youssef Al-Mutai has proved to be the safety valve of the club as they prepare to play in the final of the inaugural African Football League (AFL).
Youssef El Moutia has contributed significantly to the results achieved so far by Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League competition, as well as his effective contribution to qualifying for the final of the first edition of the AFL against Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.
Moutia starred for Wydad Casablanca in both the quarters and semi-finals of the AFL thanks largely to his skill and experience which has endeared him to the fans.
The Moroccan goalkeeper conceded just one goal in four matches.
Youssef Moutia contributed significantly to his club’s qualification to the AFL final, keeping a clean sheet in the quarter-finals against Nigeria’s Enyimba, as well as the semi-final first leg at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca, in which Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca won 1-0 against Esperance de Tunis.
The Wydad Casablanca goalkeeper shone remarkably in the semi-final second leg in Tunisia, despite conceding his first goal in the competition.
Further, he was the main reason for his club’s victory in the penalty shootout, after he managed to save the penalty kick taken by the Brazilian striker Rodriguez Rodrigo Silva which was decisive and allowed the Moroccans to win the penalty shootout 5-4.
Youssef Al-Moutia, 28, is counting on continuing his brilliance in the final of the AFL and will be hoping to confirm his status as a top goalkeeper and proving that his performance in the previous two rounds was no fluke.
Youssef Moutia will have a lot of credit if Wydad Casablanca win the first edition of the AFL especially after becoming one of the indispensable players in coach Adel Ramzi’s squad, who relies heavily on his services.