Raja survive battering with 10 men to win CAF Confederation Cup

Moroccan club Raja Casablanca made it through a second-half damaging from Algerian competitors JS Kabylie with 10 males to win the CAF Confederation Cup last 2-1 in Benin’s financial capital Cotonou on Saturday.

In a tale of 2 halves at the Stade de l’Amitie the Casablanca clothing raced into a two-goal lead within 14 minutes through objectives from star enemies Soufiane Rahimi and Ben Malango.

However Kabylie pulled one objective in the very first minute of the 2nd half through Zakaria Boulahia and took control when Omar Arjoune was revealed a straight red card on 63 minutes.

A Kabylie side that had actually been disorganised throughout the opening half started to string together passes and a few of the football drew warm applause from a restricted crowd in the 20,000-seater due to coronavirus.

However an equaliser averted the club from the northeastern city of Tizi Ouzou and Algeria stay without a winner given that the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League began 17 years back.

Rahimi, voted the exceptional gamer at the African Countries Champion in Cameroon last February, dribbled previous goalkeeper Oussama Benbot to score on 5 minutes.

Kabylie opposed that the Moroccan was offside, however South African referee Victor Gomes granted the objective after a VAR check.

Rahimi turned developer as Raja doubled their benefit on 14 minutes thanks to a close-range shot from physically enforcing Congolese Malango.

Boulahia scored his 3rd objective of the Confederation Cup project by knocking a rebound previous goalkeeper Anas Zniti and into the bottom left corner of the internet.

It was the 2nd Confederation Cup accomplishment within 4 seasons for Raja and 8th general in CAF competitors, verifying them as the 5th most effective club.

Raja have actually won the Champions League 3 times, the Confederation Cup and Super Cup two times each and the now defunct CAF Cup as soon as.

Al Ahly are the runaway leaders with 21 titles followed by another Egyptian side, Zamalek, and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo with 11 each, Etoile Sahel of Tunisia with 9 and Raja with 8.

Apart from the $1.25 million (1.05 mn euros) very first reward, Raja will deal with the CAF Champions League winners for the CAF Super Cup on a date to be revealed.

Ahly are hot favourites to win the Champions League a record-extending 10th time next Saturday when they deal with shock qualifiers Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa in the title decider in Casablanca.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.