Raja Club Athletic players celebrate the CAF Super Cup victory in Doha (Photo: Al Omari - Reuters)
Raja Club Athletic players celebrate the CAF Super Cup victory in Doha (Photo: Al Omari – Reuters)
  • 2019 CAF Super Cup
  • Esperance 1-2 Raja Casablanca

Morocco’s Raja Club Athletic edged Tunisia’s Esperance 2-1 in the 2019 CAF Super Cup played at the Al-Gharafa Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Friday evening.

Abdelilah Hafidi and Badr Banoun scored for the Moroccoan club, based in Casablanca.

Mohamed Youcef Belaili’s 57th equalizer ended up being the consolation.

Hafidi struck the opener after 22 minutes with a well drilled shot outside the goal area to take a 1-0 half time lead.

Belaili found the equalizer 12 minutes into the second half with yet another long range effort from 20 yards.

Banoun’s cheeky back heel won the evening with 25 minutes left on the clock.

Raja Club Athletic players celebrate their match winner (PHOTO: CAF)

Uganda Cranes striker Muhammad Shaban did not make the 18 man match day squad.

Raja, coached by Frenchman Patrice Carteron and winner of the CAF Cup, had not won this cup for 19 years.

Defeated by the Egyptians Al-Ahly in the final of the African Champions League by Esperance, Carteron took revenge.

This is the second time that Raja wins this trophy, which is more during the first African Super Cup played outside the continent.

David Isabirye

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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