2019/2020 CAF Champions League semi-finalist Raja Casablanca, was surprised on penalties by the Senegalese of Teungueth FC (0-0, 0-0, 1-3 tab) on Tuesday on an unworthy lawn and completely soggy. The Moroccans will not see the group stage, unlike Al Ahly or Mamelodi Sundowns.
After Zamalek, who qualified on the green carpet, the other Egyptian representative, Al Ahly, also qualified for the group stage of the African Champions League on Tuesday. In a favourable run after their 1-0 victory in Niger in the first leg, the title holders made short work of AS SONIDEP, quickly reduced to ten and swept 4-0 during the 16th of final return.
No worries either for Mamelodi Sundowns who again beat the Botswanans of Jwaneng Galaxy (3-1) and easily validated his ticket. Not necessarily serene after his draw (0-0) conceded at home in the first leg, the other South African representative, Kaizer Chiefs, also qualified by bringing back a nice success from Angola (1-0) facing Primeiro de Agosto.
Qualif en phase de poule de ligue des champions, le capitaine Moutarou Baldé exprime sa fierté et dédie cette victoire aux rufisquois et au peuple sénégalais#CAFCL#Qualif#phasedepoule#allezrio💙💛 pic.twitter.com/qX9ckmsmLC
— Teungueth Football Club (@TeunguethFc) January 6, 2021
Huge disappointment for the Raja
The thunderclap however came from Casablanca with the elimination of Raja, semi-finalist of the previous edition, on penalties against the modest Senegalese of Teungueth FC. After the 0-0 away on the first leg, the Moroccans pushed but never found the fault on a lawn of the Mohammed V Stadium completely soggy and which looked more like a swimming pool than a football field.
Suddenly, everything was played on penalties and despite the stop of their goalkeeper Zniti who had launched them well, the Rajaouis were completely disillusioned by missing their first three attempts, including 2 sent on the bar, which sealed their fate (0-0, 1-3 tab). Jamal Sellami’s men will try to overcome this immense disappointment by performing well in the CAF Cup, a competition in which they are transferred. For Teungueth FC, however, it is a historic qualification! The last 11 qualified for the hens will be known on Wednesday.