Moghreb win first title after shoot-out
Moroccan club Moghreb Fes won a first CAF title by defeating Tunisian visitors Club Africain 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out in the second leg of the Confederation Cup final.
Malian Moussa Tigana snatched his first goal in the competition since January on the stroke of half-time to give Moghreb a 1-0 victory, cancelling out a first-leg loss by the same scoreline in Tunis two weeks ago to send the match into penalties.
Moghreb had defender Samir Zekroumi sent off an hour into the first leg and this time it was Club Africain who saw red with giant Chadian striker Ezechiel Ndouassel was dismissed 30 minutes from full-time.
Ndouassel, one of the most promising young goal poachers on the continent, watched the first leg of the final from a stand because he was serving a suspension.
Goalkeeper Anas Zniti, meanwhile, was the star of the shootout, blocking the seventh Club Africain attempt to the delight of most in a capacity crowd at the Fes Sports Complex.
It was a heartbreaking outcome for veteran Africain coach Faouzi Benzarti, though, who was in charge of Tunisian giants Esperance last year when they lost the more prestigious CAF Champions League final.
The defeat also crushed Tunisian dreams of a CAF double as Esperance atoned this year by reaching a second consecutive Champions League final and scoring the lone goal of two tense tussles with Wydad Casablanca from Morocco.
Moroccan and Tunisian clubs are now all square in the second-tier CAF club competition with three Confederation Cup titles each, while teams from Ghana and Mali have each been successful once.