Kasengu, Wydad's smiling sniper

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From a player who played only 20 minutes in a period of five months at Moroccan second division club Chabab Mohamedia to a superstar at Wydad Athletic Club, Kazadi Kasengu is no doubt in the form of his life.

The 27-year-old DR Congo-born player joined Wydad on last December after a short stint at Chabab Mouhamedia.

Since becoming a Wydadiste, Kasengu who left AS Vita Club last July, has become the talk of the town in Casablanca, especially among Wydad supporters.

"My objective here (at Wydad) is to win the Moroccan league title and become the top scorer here. I play for a big club and I am here to win the CAF Champions league as well," Kazadi Kasengu

He has brought a new breath into the reds' attack after the departure of Ayoub El Kaabi to China.

"My objective here (at Wydad) is to win the Moroccan league title and become the top scorer here.

“I play for a big club and I am here to win the CAF Champions league as well," Kasengu told CAFonline.com

Pace, good positioning and accuracy singles out the Congolese amongst his peers coupled with the technical and tactical guidance from his coaches.

"I believe in hard work, discipline and respect towards the club's Management, technical staff and supporters. I listen a lot and rarely speak." Kasengu added.

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For many Wydad fans, Kasengu’s exploits is reminds them of the legendary forward, Senegalese forward Moussa N'Daw, who is idolized at the Casablanca-based club.

"Kasengu is our new Moussa N'daw. In addition to his good positioning and scoring abilities, he has shown a strong desire to give everything on the pitch," Wydad supporter Mohamed Lahda said.

The Congolese arrived at Wydad with expectations high of a position which has tormented the two-time African champions in recent times. The likes of Liberian William Jebbor, Nigerian trio Michael Babatunde, Chisom Chikatara and Gabriel Okechukwu as well as Argentine Alejandro Quintana, have fallen short of giving Wydad the missing spice in their attack.

 "We were surprised to see him signing for Wydad because he was not a regular at his former in the Moroccan second-tier. However, in his first game he netted twice, and started scoring in both competitions (the Botola and the CAF Champions League). He is quick, effective and a good reader of games. Besides, he gives assists and helps his teammates score," Moroccan journalist Mohamed Amine Moutabar, who has followed the exploits of the Congolese told CAFOnline.com.

At present, he has scored seven goals in 11 games – five coming in the domestic league ‘Botola’, and the other two in the premier continental club championship.

He is comfortable on the ball, with a knack to draw deep and contributing in build-up to attacks.

"He is an intelligent player. He has got great technical abilities, and plays with both feet. He makes a big effort on the pitch offensively and defensively. He is true fighter who gives his markers sleepless nights during games. Unlike of many strikers, he is barely selfish, and prefers to provide assist even when he is in a good position,” former Wydad player Hammouda Benchrifa, remarked about Kasengu, who also played for Motema Pembe and FC Renaissance in his native DR Congo.

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Wydad coach Sebastien Desabre will be banking on the Congolese forward when his side face Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia in the first leg quarter-final on Saturday in Casablanca.

Etoile hosts the return a week later with the winner advancing to the last four.