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CAF: Champions Rabat bow out before the group stage

Posted in African Football by peterbein on May 8, 2011

Primeiro de AgostoIn the third round of qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup, African football’s second-tier competition similar to the UEFA Europa League or Copa Sudamericana, defending champions FUS Rabat have been knocked out by Angolan side Primeiro de Agosto.

Following the first leg a fortnight ago, in which the Angolans equalized in the last minute to gain a 1-1 draw, Primeiro de Agosto put the title holders to the sword thanks to a 34th minute penalty which was scored by Amaro Da Costa. The nine-time champions of Angola can now look forward to the play-offs which sees eight winners from the Confederation Cup 3rd qualifying round meet the eight losers from the CAF Champions League. The full line-up of teams to meet at this stage will not be known until next weekend as a number of games have either been postponed or re-scheduled due to bouts of violence and unrest that is sadly affecting some African nations at the moment.

CAF: FUS Rabat claim maiden Confederation Cup title (+video)

Posted in African Football by peterbein on December 4, 2010

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.


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.

Morocco: Funny goalkeeping blunder (+video)

Posted in African Football by peterbein on September 15, 2010

In the Moroccan Cup Round of 16 last week a penalty shoot out ensued following the 1-1 draw between MAS Fes and FUS Rabat. During the shoot out one of the most extraordinary goals ever scored in such a situation came about following what was initially a save from Khalid El Askri for FUS. What the keeper was oblivious to was the ball spinning in behind him as he tapped his chest in celebration of his “save” and, to make things worse, he ended up on the losing side as MAS won the shoot out 7-6 to progress to the quarter-finals. Watch the clip HERE: