This Friday, the state-of-the-art Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria hosts the Confederation Cup Final. Already titled in 2020 and followed by their compatriots from Raja Casablanca last year, RS Berkane has the possibility of offering Morocco the pass of three in the event of a coronation against the South Africans of the Orlando Pirates. 7th in their respective championship, the two clubs find themselves under pressure and seek to save their season. The Pirates are better known to the general public as winners of the African Champions League in 1995 and runners-up in 2013, but in recent years Berkane has begun to make a name for himself on the continent.
To get there, the RSB notably came out of a tough group D by qualifying on the last day ahead of Simba, ASEC Mimosas and the US Gendarmerie Nationale du Niger. The men of the Congolese Florent Ibenge then eliminated the Egyptians of Al Masry in the quarter-finals then TP Mazembe after a crazy scenario during the clash of the semi-finals, but bowing each time outside on the first leg.
A revengeful Ibenge
Not everything was easy either for the Orlando Pirates, who certainly clearly dominated their group in front of Al Ittihad, JS Saoura and the Royal Leopards, but who also lost a round each time afterwards. The Bucaneers even had to go through penalties in the quarter against Simba, before getting scared at the end of the return against Al Ahli Tripoli.
On both sides, we will watch the South African Bandile Shandu and the Moroccan Youssef Elfahli, authors of 4 goals each. While, on the coaching side, Ibenge, beaten in 2018 in the final of the competition with Vita Club and recently injuredwill have the opportunity to add a trophy to his collection if he takes the best tactically against his South African counterpart Mandla Ncikazi.
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The final ball
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