FUS Rabat team. Photo: EPA/STR
Thursday Sep 22, 2016. 09:00
FUS Rabat and Mo Bejaia will battle for a place in the final of the CAF Confederation Cup when they meet in Morocco on Sunday night. The return leg semifinal is set for Stade de FUS in Rabat, kick-off at 23h00 CAT.
The first leg in Bejaia last weekend ended in a goalless draw, with neither the Algerian hosts (who were reduced to 10 men when Adel Lkahdari was sent off late in the game) nor the Moroccan visitors able to break the deadlock.
This leaves FUS with home advantage for the return game, but Bejaia know that only they can benefit from the away goals rule – any ball hitting the back of the net on their behalf will be worth its weight in gold.
The Crabs are looking to force their way into a first CAF club final in their history and also aiming to become the first Algerian team to reach the Confed Cup final since ES Setif lost to Stade Malien in the 2009 edition.
Rabat are hoping to return to the Confed Cup final for the first time since their triumph over CS Sfaxien in the 2010 edition of the competition. Other Moroccan sides to have reached the final are FAR Rabat and MAS Fez.
The aggregate winners will progress into the final and face either TP Mazembe or Etoile du Sahel in the final over two legs on 28-30 October and 4-6 November. Gambian referee Bakary Gassama will take charge of the match on Sunday night.