USM Algiers win Confederation Cup

USM Algierscreated history by clinching their first-ever continental title as they edged out Tanzania’s Young Africans (Yanga) on the away goals rule in a thrilling finale of the 2022-23 To­talEnergies CAF Confederation Cup.

Despite a 1-0 defeat at home in front of a packed Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers on Saturday night, USM Algier’s 2-2 aggregate score, courtesy of their 2-1 first-leg victory in Dar es Salaam, secured them the coveted trophy.

Although the loss may have dampened the celebration, it could not diminish the euphoria of becoming the first Algerian side to win the TotalEnergies CAF Confed­eration Cup.

Yanga, appearing in their maiden conti­nental final, came tantalisingly close to their own momentous achievement after Djuma Shabani’s first-half penalty.

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However, they were unable to find a crucial second goal to swing the tie in their favour and claim the crown on enemy territory.

USM Alger’s captain, Zineddine Belaid, had a second-half penalty saved, but his disappointment was forgotten as the Algeri­an side held on to a 1-0 defeat at the final whistle, securing their place in history.

As the dust settles on an enthralling final, USM Alger can revel in their well-deserved victory, while Yanga can take pride in their valiant efforts throughout the competition. – CAFOnline

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