Morocco’s Nahde Berkane qualified for the 2022 CAF Confederation Cup final after beating its guest, TP Mazembe, the Congolese, 4-1, on Sunday, May 15, in the second leg of the competition’s semi-final, which also saw Orlando Pirates qualify, despite losing at home to Al-Ahly Tripoli 0-1.
On the municipal stadium, the Moroccan team opened the result early through its player Bakr Al-Hilali (10), but the joy of the Moroccans did not last long, as TP Mazembe managed to equalize after one minute thanks to a goal scored by his player Felipe Kenzombi.
In the second half, the sparring between the two teams continued, and in the 64th minute, the referee expelled TP Mazembe player Nandi Dombe for receiving two warnings, to take advantage of the numerical shortage Berkane Renaissance and be able to double the result through Al-Arabi Naji (79), and Youssef Al-Fahli added the third goal in the 88th minute from a penalty kick. And fourth in the minute (90 + 6).
And by winning the two matches 4-2 on aggregate, the Moroccan football representative hit a date in the upcoming final with South African qualifier Orlando Pirates at the expense of Libya’s Al-Ahly Tripoli.
Referee Gassama raises controversy in Al-Ahly Tripoli’s victory over Orlando Pirates
The victory of Al-Ahly Tripoli of Libya 1-0 over its South African guest, Orlando Pirates, in the second leg of the other semi-final, was not enough to snatch the ticket to qualify for the final that went to the South African team, who won the first leg in Libya 2-0.
Al-Ahly Tripoli’s goal was scored in the 88th minute, by substitute player Ali Abu Arqoub, who succeeded in deceiving the Orlando goalkeeper with a powerful shot.
The Libyan team criticized the performance of the Gambian referee Bakary Gassama after the latter refused to grant them a penalty kick, which was clear and unquestionable, according to their assessment. The Libyan club published a sarcastic tweet in which he said: “Bakary Gassama, the man of the match. Thank you, Mama Africa.”
The referee, Gassama, had announced a penalty kick for Al-Ahly Tripoli in the 17th minute of the first half, but he canceled it after returning to the “VAR” video technology, which sparked the protest of the Libyan team players and the technical staff.
The Confederation Cup final between South Africa’s Orlando Pirates and Morocco’s RS Berkane will be held at the “Godswil Akbabio” stadium in Nigeria, on Friday, May 20.
It is worth noting that the Confederation Cup final was played from two home and away matches between the two qualified teams, but two years ago, the Confederation of African Football decided to change the system for the final round of the two club championships, and the final became a single match.
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