This year’s CAF Champions League will be an all-Egyptian affair after Zamalek defeated Moroccan side Raja Casablanca on Wednesday to advance to the final of the showpiece.
Zamalek came from behind to record a 3-1-win and advanced with a 4-1 aggregate win having won the first leg 1-0 in Casablanca.
The buildup to the match was dominated by speculation about a potential postponement of the match due to health concerns after more than a dozen Raja players tested positive for Covid-19.
Despite that, the visitors got themselves back in the game through a deflected strike by Congolese Ben Malango two minutes after halftime.
The goal sparked a response from Zamalek and Ferjani Sassi levelled the tie on the night and put his side 2-1 on aggregate.
The match became tense in the final stages as Raja needed only a goal to knock out Zamalek. However, a brace from Mostafa Mohamed in the 85th and 88th minutes effectively ended the tie and earned the five-time champions a place in the final.
An effort by Achraf Bencharki, after Mohamed’s double, had been ruled out for offside and denied Zamalek a fourth goal.
Zamalek will face bitter rivals and record eight-time winners Al Ahly in a one-legged final. Al Ahly had qualified for the final after defeating another Moroccan side Wydad Athletic Club in the semifinal.