Breaking: R S Berkane of Morocco emerge  newly crowned  kings of  CAF Confederations cup



R S. Berkane of Morocco emerge  newly crowned  kings of  CAF Confederations cup

By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

Rennaisance Sportive Berkane of Morocco, Saturday night  at Godswill Akpabio international stadium, in Uyo, beat Orlando Pirates of South Africa 5-4  on  penalties  to emerge as the new reigning TotalEnergies  CAF Confederations cup.

The winner  in the battle of Uyo was decided via penalties .

RSB converted five spot kicks against four by their south African foes.

Earlier, Yousef Alfahli  almost stole the show, when he converted a penalty kick , when he sent  Richard Ofori in goal for Orlando Pirates  to the wrong direction to calmly slot home from the spot  to seal the day for the highly technical  north African side.

The southern African desperately in search of an equalizer introduced  three fresh legs, who increased  the raids by Pirates  in the  bid  to redeem the stretched night  of play , from the stingy Moroccan defence lines.




The resilient South African lads broke the deadlock, when they succeeded in  neutralizing  the Moroccan defence  to bring the game to 1-1, late into the second half of extra time of play.



Earlier, in the first half Orlando Pirates of South Africa , failed to convert its early chances to establish an early lead against R S Berkane of Morrocco .

When Kebelo Dlamin failed to convert a one on one situation settling for a weak finish  into the waiting hands of  Hamza Hamiani in goal for the Moroccans.

Pirates throughout the duration of play had enjoyed massive support from the home crowd, who could not hide their bias for former Akwa United captain, Olisah Ndah, who is on parade on the night for the South Africans.

Both sides launched dangerous offensives and counter offensives, which were all fluff at the last strike

Pirates in the 43rd minutes launched a dangerous incursion that was deleted by the last lines of their  Moroccan foes.

R S .B  in the 45th initiated a last minute desperate moves in attempt to steal the first half of the night,  but had their well knitted advancement halted by the well coordinated defence lines of the Pirates.

The title contenders of the night in Uyo  resumed the second stanza with dangerous attacks to  express their intention to cart  home the title, which failed to yield dividends.

The South Africans swerved tactics, by introducing  Tshegofatso Francis Mabasa in for  Sakhile Francis.

The north African responded with double substitutions, introducing  Hamza Regragui and  Mohammed Aziz for  Elmehdi Oubilla and  Cherki Baihri .

Both sides made dangerous incursions in the last five minutes of play. They threw caution to the winds in search of victory, looking dangerous in play to the delight of appreciable Uyo fans in attendance .


At regulation time  the keenly contested final ended goal drought, Centre referee Sikhazi from Zambia made the call  for an  extra  time of play.

Orlando Pirates approached to recharge  the  first half in the extra time  by introducing,  Thabang Monare  in for  Ben Motshwari .

Midway into extra time, Virtual Assistance Referee , VAR spotted an infringement  that resulted in a penalty kick in favour of the northerners. Which was converted by Yousef

The Moroccans employed all manner of tactics to hold onto their slim goal edge to carry the day , which crumbled leading to penalties.


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