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CAF: Stalemate in first leg of African final

Posted in African Football by peterbein on November 29, 2010

CAF Confederation CupThe CAF Confederation Cup, Africa’s equivalent of the UEFA Europa League or Copa Sudamericana, played out the first leg of the final this weekend with two north African teams scrapping out a goalless draw in the first leg.

FUS Rabat from Morocco have really taken to this competition in what is their first ever continental campaign. Having been a second division club just a few years ago the team from the Moroccan capital are an ambitious club who are on the up and they have shocked many a side on the way to their first ever African final. Their opponents CS Sfaxien of Tunisia are experienced campaigners in this tournament having won it twice before in 2007 and 2008 and were hoping to take something back home from the first leg.

In what was a tight game both teams had a few chances to break the deadlock but it proved to be beyond both teams to trouble the goalkeepers. Both teams had a measure of safety-first about their play and no doubt that Sfaxien will be the more content of the two teams as they host the second leg which will be played on Saturday, December 4th. The winner of the competition will play CAF Champions League winners TP Mazembe in the 2011 African Super Cup  early next year.

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