Morroco’s Raja Casablanca ended a 15-year wait to clinch continental silverware after defeating Congo’s Vita 4-3 on aggregate to win the Caf Confederations Cup on Sunday.
The result ensured that Raja’s coach Juan Carlos Garrido became the first manager to win the Caf Confederation Cup with two different clubs after also claiming the same trophy with Al Ahly in 2014.
Raja, who went into the match leading 3-0 from the first leg, took the lead through Abdelilah Hafidi after 21 minutes, pushing Congo’s Vita further behind.
Vita drew level deep into first half stoppage time through a well-struck free-kick by star forward Jean-Marc Makusu to go into the half-time break needing four more goals to be crowned champions.
But their revival mission dragged long with Mukoko Batezadio scoring in the 71th minute to make it 2-1.
Fabrice Ngoma added Vita’s third three minutes later off Chadrack Muzungu Lukombe as the Congolese giants took full control of the game and appeared likely to successfully launch one of the greatest comebacks in the history of African football.
Raja, however, held on with some spirited defending for the famous win that saw them walk away with the continental trophy for the first time since 2003.