RS Berkane set to battle Orlando Pirates for 2022 CAF Confederation glory

Pirates’ goalkeeper Richard Ofori attempts to save the ball during the CAF Confederation Cup second leg semi-final football match between South Africa’s Orlando Pirates and Libya’s Al Ahly Tripoli at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on May 15, 2022.
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RS Berkane are set to play Orlando Pirates later today in the final game of the 2022 CAF Confederation Cup, each side hoping to clinch the title.

Both sides qualified for the final in style, with the South African side beating Al Ahly Tripoli of Libya 2-1 on aggregate in the semifinal, while Berkane’s 4-2 aggregate win DR Club TP Mazembe secured them their place.

The final will kick off at 1900 GMT at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria.

Ahead of the game, the teams’ managers both acknowledged that the match will be a tough one, but each expressed desire to lift the trophy.

“For this match we have reviewed tapes of the Orlando Pirates team in order to study the strengths and weaknesses of the South African team,” said RS Berkane coach Florent Ibenge.

“We hope that the stadium will be filled with local fans to give us strength and encourage us to play more,” he added.

On his part, Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi hopes that his side’s knowledge of Moroccan opponents will help them win the match.

“A big match between two teams … a very big clash,” the Orlando Pirates coach said.

“It will be a big match against Ibenge, who we consider a good coach, and we will try to represent our country, South Africa well, and I expect a good match.

“We know the atmosphere and the nature of the matches against Moroccan clubs, we have faced some of them before. It will be a tough match, and we hope to win.”

If the Moroccan side win the trophy, it will be their second title in the competition’s history, having won the 2020 edition.

For Pirates however, a win tonight will earn them their maiden trophy.

The CAF Confederation Cup is the second-tier competition of African club football, ranking below the CAF Champions League.

Like in the Champion League, clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions.

Besides winning the 2022 CAF Confederation Cup, the winner of tonight’s game will also secure the chance to face the winner of the CAF Champions League in the CAF Super Cup.