Pirates, Berkane progress to Caf Confed Cup final

Pirates, Berkane progress to Caf Confed Cup final
RS Berkane players celebrate scoring goal during the CAF Confederation Cup 2021/22 Semifinal 2nd Leg match between RSB Berkane and TP Mazembe held at the Municipal de Berkane Stadium in Berkane, Morocco on 15 May 2022 ©Nabil Ramadani/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Monday May 16, 2022. 08:29

Orlando Pirates and RS Berkane will meet in the 2022 CAF Confederation Cup final after winning their semi-final ties on Sunday.

Pirates were beaten 1-0 by Al Ahli Tripoli in the second-leg match at the Orlando Stadium. Despite the loss, the South African giants progressed to the final after winning the tie 2-1 on aggregate

Furthermore, Bucs became the first South African club to reach four continental finals having taken part in the 2015 Confederation Cup, 1995 CAF Champions League and 2013 Champions League finals.

While Al Ahli’s hopes of becoming the first Libyan club to reach the Confederation Cup final ended with Ali Arqoub having scored the only goal of the match for the North African side in Soweto.

Meanwhile, Berkane stunned five-time African champions TP Mazembe by claiming a 4-1 win in the second-leg match at the Stade Municipal de Berkane.

As a result, the Moroccan side eased into the final after winning the tie 4-2 on aggregate and they will now take on South African giants Orlando Pirates in the final in Nigeria on May 20.

The Oranges will be appearing in their third Confederation Cup final having lost to Egyptian giants Zamalek in 2019, before defeating Pyramids of Egypt in 2020 to claim their maiden continental trophy.

While Mazembe, who were the favourite coming into this tie, crashed out of the tournament which they have won twice. The DRC giants had won 1-0 in the first-leg clash in Lubumbashi on May 8.

Berkane scored through Bakr El Helali, Larbi Naji and Youssef Elfahli, while Phillippes Kinzumbi netted Mazembe’s consolation goal in Morocco.

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