The second leg of Africa’s second club competition, the CAF Confederation Cup, was won today by Moroccans Fath Union Sport (FUS) de Rabat. Following the goalless first leg, which was played in Morocco a week ago, Saturday’s second leg ended in triumph for the Moroccan capital side as they sealed their maiden tournament victory with a 3-2 over two-time winners CS Sfaxien on their home ground in Tunisia. Both of these teams have got to know each other pretty well this season as they had earlier played each other twice in the group stages of the competition – both teams winning their home match at this stage – as well as last week’s opening leg of the final which finished in a goalless draw. So not only would the winners of today’s game get the better of the head-to-head record but they would also carry off the silverware.
CS Sfaxien wanted to give their fans something to shout about on home turf but it was FUS Rabat, a finalist in their first attempt in the competition, who took the lead after just seven minutes. Abdelfettah Boukhriss scored the goal which silenced the home crowd and they would have to wait until a minute before half-time before they were celebrating. Hamdi Rouid restored parity for the home side and the game would be turned on its head just four minutes after the break when Kamel Zaiem would give CS Sfaxien the lead from the penalty spot. For the visitors it seemed that luck could finally be running out and that the Tunisian club’s experience would win out in the end but things changed once more in the 75th minute after Rachid Rokki equalized and the tide had once more turned in FUS’ favour. With only sixty seconds left to play the Moroccans sealed the deal when Mohamed Zouidi scored the winner which gave FUS the 3-2 win and a place in the history books. For a club who were playing in the Moroccan
FUS Rabat will now play against CAF Champions League winners TP Mazembe early next year in the African Super Cup.
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The 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.
The second round of the CAF Champions League has been completed this weekend and the eight teams who have qualified from this section look forward to the oncoming group stage. “Stoppage Time – International Football Blog” reports on the winners and losers from the second round of Africa’s elite club competition and highlights the latest developments in the Confederation Cup, Africa’s equivalent of the UEFA Europa League or Copa Sudamericana.
On Friday night three teams were victorious in their Round of 16 matches. Zimbabweans Dynamos F.C. had a comfortable passage following their first leg 4-1 victory against Botswana’s Gaborone United by securing a goalless draw in the return fixture to become the first team through to the last eight. Algerian champions ES Sétif were made to work for their place having scraped through with a 3-2 aggregate win over Zambians Zanaco F.C. Another North African team, Espérance of Tunisia, made it through after they easily negotiated their way past Sudanese Al-Merreikh with a 4-0 aggregate win. On Sunday defending champions TP Mazembe secured their passage to the group stage with a 3-0 second leg win over Malians Djoliba, going through 4-0 overall. Algerians JS Kabylie were grateful to go through 3-2 on aggregate against Angolans Atlético Petróleos while Heartlands FC from Nigeria beat South African champions SuperSport United 4-2 on aggregate. The two Egyptian teams in the tournament, Al Ahly and Ismaily, clinched the remaining two berths in the last eight with aggregate victories over Ittihad and Al-Hilal Omdurman respectively. The eight winners will be drawn into two groups of four teams in the lucrative group stage whilst the eight losing teams from this round will be rewarded with the consolation prize of a place in the CAF Confederation Cup.
The sixteen teams remaining in the CAF Confederation Cup will play a further knockout round before they indulge in a group stage format similar to that in the main competition. Defending champions Stade Malien were knocked out of this year’s tournament having succumbed to a 2-0 aggregate defeat by Moroccans FUS Rabat. The team from the Moroccan capital took a two goal first leg lead into the return fixture and were able to hold on comfortably in order to progress to the next stage. Egyptians Haras El Hodood were the big winners in the second round having defeated Tanzanians Simba F.C. by six goals to three. Two-time former champions CS Sfaxien squeezed through past Egyptians Petrojet F.C. by a 2-1 scoreline whilst Algerian outfit CR Belouizdad’s hopes of claiming a first continental trophy were increased after they overturned a 1-0 first leg defeat with a 2-0 win in the second leg against Sudanese Amal Atbara. In the remaining games ASFAN F.C. (Niger), Primeiro de Agosto (Angola) and CAPS United (Zimbabwe) ensured aggregate wins against DC Motema Pembe (DR Congo), Cotonsport (Cameroun) and Warri Wolves (Nigeria) respectively while Nigerians Enyimba clawed back a 3-0 first leg deficit against AS Vita Club (DR Congo) to force extra-time and a penalty shoot-out in which they prevailed 9-8 from spot kicks.