Restore the blackened image and find the elite
RC Kouba’s 77th anniversary
RC Kouba celebrated its 77th anniversary on Monday, February 28, with ambitions to restore his tarnished image and return to the national football elite at the end of the 2021-2022 season, after a 13-year hiatus in the aforementioned episodes 2 and 3. The difficulties and tensions that this Algerian club was experiencing at the time are becoming more and more credible. This club actually occupies the lead of the Ligue 2 Championship (Mid-West Division), 2 points ahead of their closest followers, after four days of return phase.
A “relative renaissance” of the Greens and Whites that seems to renew the hopes of fans who want to see their club among the elite. Koubean fans use the terraces and balconies of the buildings adjacent to the Mohamed-Benhaddad stadium to follow their favorite matches, despite the closed session still in effect due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Last Saturday, during their victory (2-0) against GC Mascara in the Championship, they had the opportunity to celebrate RCK’s 77th anniversary in their own way. Indeed, in the 77th minute of the RCK-GCM match, smoke bombs corresponding to the club’s number of years, 77, were launched by Kubean fans from the balconies and terraces of the famous popular city of El-. Bahia, the provider of young football players, is located next to Benhaddad’s sports enclosure. Long banners were made to commemorate this anniversary. One reads: “77 years of existence: united and attached to Raed”. In the recent past, there have been many players who fervently defended their color, helping RCK become a spot on the national football chessboard. Some even defended the national colors with honor in various Algerian elections. Among them is Mohamed Chaib, a fascinating defender of the RCK’s golden generation.
Chaib speaks enthusiastically about the current dynamic of the Koubean formation. For him, this is definitely a great opportunity to unite the ranks and succeed in reaching the elite. “Despite the lack of financial resources, our team completed its first leg as champions… I hope the players keep up with the pace to stay ahead. Technically and looking at the results recorded so far, we deserve participation. We must seize this opportunity. Our absence from Episode 1 has been too long,” he told APS.
The birth of a club with traditions and sporting values
With the end of the Second World War and after the popular movement in favor of the Algerian cause against French colonialism and on the recommendations of the People’s Party, the RC Kouba club was founded on February 28, 1945. Oued Kniss district. At the root of this creation are distinguished personalities of the time, including the first president Mustapha Ben Ouniche (honorary president for life) and Chahid Mohamed Benhaddad, whose name is attributed to the Kouba stadium. Following independence, RCK promoted to the major leagues in its second season in 1964-1965, with a workforce that included formidable left winger Boualem Amirouche and FLN’s famous defender Mustpaha Zitouni. The same team hosted CR Belcourt (3-1 loss) in the 1966 Algerian Cup final.
The RCK also differentiated itself by establishing the first football school, led by Mustapha Al Kamal, in 1964. This school has trained a large number of players for Algerian football, including more than 120 players for the Algerian selections in different categories. Some have distinguished themselves on an African and even global level, such as spinning striker Salah Assad, known for his famous “Ghoraf”.
From 1974, thanks to a new generation of talented players from different Koubean regions and trained by Raed, the club moved to a higher stage with a famous team in the history of national football thanks to its good game. but also through noble values such as respect, sportsmanship and fair play.
This new group of players was led by maestro Boualem Amirouche and a quartet of international players Abdelaziz Sefsafi, Mokhtar Kaoua, Hocine Boumaâraf and goalkeeper Ilyès Teldja, who won a gold medal at the 1975 Mediterranean Games in Algeria. Algeria finished the 1974-1975 season in second place, one point behind Mouloudia of Algiers. A solid group until reaching the Top at the national level, which has been strengthened over time by other talented players like Salah Assad, Mohamed Kaci-Saïd, Mohamed Chaïb, Rachid Sebbar and many others and thus won the Championship. 1980-1981 season.
In the process, they are a group that won the first edition of the Algerian Super Cup, confirming that this success was not by chance, and remains the two major championships on the Raed list to this day. In this regard, Mohamed Chaïb, captain of the “small” national team at the 1979 World Cup, said: “When I think about Raed’s golden age, it is deeply disappointing to see his current state. As our team has given great service to the national sport in the past, especially football. deserves a much better status than its current position.
“Our team shined above all with its values, because thanks to them, it was able to reach the quarter-finals of the African Champion Clubs Cup in 1982, not to mention its good performance in the Algerian Cup. Compared to them, it is an event where it competes with great experts, despite the limited resources we have.” said.
and the disappearance of others
Indeed, the values that allowed Raed to reach the heights were lost over time and things only got worse from the 2008-2009 season, when the club was deprived of major division participation following reservations by USM. Al Harrach.
A case that grew so large that it landed on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne (Switzerland) and eventually won Raed’s case.
From there, the Algerian Federation had to review its position and integrate the RCK into the Elite Championship, but it was not without results, as this decision had taken so long that it had severely punished the club and from different angles.
As a matter of fact, in addition to the off-season preparations that weren’t done properly for Raed’s promotion to the major league level, the rules recruiting operation failed. had joined elsewhere. Added to this are the late matches, which had to be chained with hellish speed to catch the “D1 train” and plunged Raed into a spiral of failure.
The “policy of retaliation” against Raed is an ordeal that doesn’t stop at this stage as investor Omar Rebrab has forced a pullback and left huge debts behind. It’s a real blow for the suburban club, which was forced to sacrifice other sports like athletics and boxing to stay alive, that it never quite recovered from.
In this regard, Chaïb said, “Without forgetting the boxers, including the military world champion, we have had some of the best athletes in athletics, especially Sakina Boutamin and Sakhri. But all this has been lost due to time and the perpetual crisis the club has fallen into”.
Although the current season (2021-2022) seems to bring a glimmer of hope in the perspective of resurrecting Grand Raed, particularly with the return of child prodigy Sid Ali Yahia-Chérif, who is leading the veteran football team towards a goal. back to the elite.
“We now have to think about the promotion of the club in such a way as to attract new financial resources that will be used to put more resources into the hands of managers and players, thereby taking the club to a higher level, which allows it to aim much higher,” he suggested, now for television channels. former international Mohamed Chaïb, who is a sports consultant.
“RCK is known as an education club and this is a feature that needs to be revived with a little more attention to local children,” he insisted.