FUS, Club African set for North African derby

FUS, Club African set for North African derby
FUS Rabat team. Photo: EPA/STR

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday May 31, 2017. 11:30

North African rivals FUS Rabat and Club Africain will meet for a regional derby in Group A of the CAF Confederation Cup on Friday night. The match is slated for the Stade de FUS in Rabat.

The Moroccan hosts come into the game on top of the group, but it’s only by the skin of their teeth as all four teams have three points after the first two Matchdays.

While FUS started strongly by beating KCCA 3-0 in Rabat back on May 13, they followed that up with a 1-0 loss away to Nigeria’s Rivers United on May 24.

Club Africain followed the same pattern, defeating Rivers United 3-1 at home in their first match before falling 2-1 at the hands of KCCA in Uganda last time out.

Given that this group has seen nothing but home victories so far, one would have to back FUS to claim all three points and take control of the pool. Yet North African derbies can produce unpredictable results and the Tunisians will fancy their chances of a positive result on the road.

This clash will be the first of a double-header between FUS and Club Africain, with the return game in Rades set for June 20.

Egyptian referee Mahmoud Ahmed Mohamed Bassiouny will take charge of the game in Rabat. The other Group A match will see KCCA host Rivers United in Kampala on Saturday afternoon.

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