Monday Jul 12, 2021. 15:00
Following their triumph in the CAF Confederation Cup final this past weekend, Raja Casablanca coach Lassaad Chabbi has emphasised that his team did the country of Morocco proud.
The Green Eagles triumphed 2-1 over Algeria’s JS Kabylie at Stade de l’Amitie in Cotonou, Benin on Saturday night, thanks to early goals from Soufiane Rahimi and Ben Malango.
The result continued Morocco’s recent dominance of the CAFCC competition: Raja were champions in 2018, RS Berkane were runners-up in 2019 and then champions for the first time in 2020, before the Green Eagles claimed the title again this year.
Chabbi was contacted after the final via telephone by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, who congratulated the coach and his charges for further enhancing the North African country’s football reputation.
“I am very happy… I thank King Mohammed VI, who personally contacted me and expressed his affection for Raja,” Chabbi is quoted by Lions de l’Atlas.
“He also congratulated the players for what they have produced here in Benin. They honoured the Kingdom of Morocco. My thanks to His Majesty the King.”
The Raja coach added, “As I always say, the infrastructures exist in Morocco which deserves a coronation each year in the African Champions League or in the CAF [Confederation] Cup.”
With their triumph, Raja have earned a place in the CAF Super Cup final against the winners of the top-tier Champions League final, which will be played in Casablanca this coming weekend between Egypt’s Al Ahly and South African side Kaizer Chiefs.