CIF. Berkane RS and Wydad at the top of African football


Berkane’s Sporting Renaissance clinched its second African Football Confederation Cup (CAF) title, beating the South African team of Orlando Pirates by 5 shots on goal to 4 (regulation time: 0-0, extra time : 1-1), in the disputed final, on May 20 in Uyo (Nigeria).

The Oranges opened the scoring thanks to Youssef El Fahli on a penalty in the 97th minute, while Thembinkosi Lorch (117th) equalized for the South Africans. The berkani club was playing the 3rd final in its history of the CAF Cup, after a final lost in 2019 against Zamalek and another won in 2020 at the expense of another Egyptian team, Pyramids FC.

Another Moroccan club is playing on May 30, the final of the African Football Champions League which will take place in Morocco. This is the second time in a row that Morocco has hosted the final of this major African club competition. CAF had received bids from the Senegalese Football Federation and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to host the final of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League 2022. Morocco was the only candidate to host the final. The Senegalese Football Federation subsequently withdrew its candidacy.

Wydad de Casablanca has already set foot for this final, it won on the lawn of Petro Luanda by 3 goals to 1 (half-time 2-0), Saturday May 7 at the November 11 stadium in Luanda, in half -final first leg of the African Champions League. WAC goals were scored by Tiago Azulão (16th csc), Yahya Jabrane (45th) and Guy Mbenza (68th). Job Estevao reduced the score for the locals nine minutes from the end of regulation time (81st). The return match took place at the Mohammed V sports complex in Casablanca where the two teams scored one goal each. Wydad will meet Al Ahly in the final on Monday May 30.

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