CAF Confederation Cup semis: Raja to face Pyramids, Cotonsport to play JS Kabylie

TOPSHOT - This picture shows the trophy prior to the draw of the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Confederation cup at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo on December 28, 2018. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP via Getty Images)

The four semifinalists of this season’s CAF Confederation Cup were confirmed following the conclusion of the quarterfinal second legs on Sunday.

2018 champions Raja Casablanca overwhelmed South African side Orlando Pirates with a four-goal first half blitz to win 4-0 at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca to secure a 5-1 aggregate victory.

FILE PHOTO: A picture of the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Confederation Cup trophy. (Photo credit MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP via Getty Images)

A brace from Ben Malango Ngita sandwiched goals from Zakaria El Wardi and Sofiane Rahimi as the Moroccan side eased into the last four of Africa’s second-tier club competition.

Raja will face last season’s beaten finalists Pyramids F.C. after the Egyptian club drew 1-1 with Nigeria’s Enyimba to advance 5-2 on aggregate.

This semifinal will see Raja and Pyramids face each other for a third and fourth time in the competition following their previous encounters in the group stage.

On the basis of those results, Raja will go in as favourites having defeated Pyramids twice for a 5-0 aggregate score.

Elsewhere, Algeria’s JS Kabylie picked up the result of the round by knocking out three-time winners CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.

The two sides drew 1-1 at the Stade 1 Novembre 1954 in Tizi Ouzou, Algeria, with Ridah Bensayah scoring for Kabylie and Aymen Harzi leveling for Sfaxien late in the game for a nervy finish.

However, a 1-0 win earlier in Tunisia was enough to secure a 2-1 aggregate win for Kabylie.

The Algerian club will face familiar foes in the last four in the form of Cameroon’s Cotonsport who prevailed against Jaraaf of Senegal despite losing the second leg.

A 2-1 defeat away in Dakar coupled with a 1-0 win at home meant the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate but the Cameroonian club advanced on account of the away goals rule.

The two clubs also met in the group stage with Kabylie winning both games by a one-goal margin. Overall, the two clubs have met six times in CAF club competitions with the Algerian side holding a superior head-to-head record with four wins compared to the two victories for their opponents.

The first legs of the semifinals will take place on June 20 with the return legs a week later.

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