Zamalek, RS Berkane advance to CAF Confederation Cup final

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Soccer Football - CAF Confederation Cup Semi Final Second Leg - Etoile Sportive du Sahel v Zamalek - Stade Olympique de Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia - May 5, 2019 Zamalek's Tarek Hamed celebrates after the match REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Soccer Football – CAF Confederation Cup Semi Final Second Leg – Etoile Sportive du Sahel v Zamalek – Stade Olympique de Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia – May 5, 2019 Zamalek’s Tarek Hamed celebrates after the match REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Zamalek of Egypt and RS Berkane of Morocco will contest the final of the 2018/19 Total CAF Confederation Cup after aggregate wins in their respective semifinals.

RS Berkane advanced to their first-ever continental tournament final after a 3-0 second leg win over CS Sfaxien at the Stade Municipal de Berkane stadium in Berkane, Morocco.

The win gave RS Berkane a 3-2 aggregate win over CS Sfaxien following a 2-0 loss in Tunisia a week ago.

The Moroccans, who failed to land a single shot on target, in the first leg registered a much-improved performance at home.

Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba opened the scoring in the 8th minute with a penalty after Hamdi Laachir was fouled in the box. Omar Nemssaoui leveled the tie on aggregate for the hosts in the 19th minute with a powerful free-kick. Issoufu Dayo then gave the hosts the lead with a finish from a tight angle 11 minutes later.

Berkane then produced an excellent defensive effort to hold on to progress to the final.

Despite their strong first leg performance, CS Sfaxien failed to register a shot on target against the Moroccans.

Meanwhile, 10-man Zamalek held hosts Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia to a draw.

Goalkeeper Mahmoud ‘Gennesh’ Abdel Rahim was sent off for the visitors in injury time for a second yellow card.

The Egyptians advanced 1-0 on aggregate following their win in Alexandria.

Berkane hosts the first leg in Morocco on May 19 with the return leg in Egypt on May 26.

Zamalek will be hoping to end a 16-year wait for a continental championship while Berkane will hope to become the fifth Moroccan winners of the Confederation Cup.

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