Zamalek SC 126m richer after being crowned 2019 CAF CC champions

Egyptian giants Zamalek FC are the 2019 CAF Confederations Cup champions; this after the team defeated Moroccan side RS Berkane on post-match penalties on Sunday 27 May to prevail in the two teams’ two-legged final.

Zamalek needed penalties to claim their first ever CAF CC title after both teams were tied at 1-1 on aggregate after the second-leg fixture played at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Cash prizes

The win sees Zamalek walk away with USD 1.25m (Kshs 126.5m) in prize money with Berkane receiving USD 625,000 (Kshs 63.2m) for finishing as runners-up.

The five time African champions lost the first-leg in Morocco by a solitary goal one week ago and reversed the deficit on Sunday thanks to Mahmoud Alaa’s second half spotkick.

The Egyptians kept their cool in the shootout to win 5-3 against their Moroccan counterparts who had Omar Nemssaoui sent off on the stroke of full time.

Both Zamalek and Berkane faced-off against Kenyan champions Gor Mahia during this year’s tournament. Berkane swept past Gor in the tournament quarter-finals, winning 7-1 on aggregate while Zamalek won one and lost the other after both teams were pooled together in the same group.

CAF CL final

Two Moroccan sides had reached this season’s twin African finals with Wydad Casablanca already halfway through their CAF Champions League tie against Tunisian side Esperance.

Both teams are tied at 1-1 following the first-leg meeting played in Rabat on Saturday. The second-leg is set for this coming Friday at the Olympic Stadium in Rades.

A sad note for Wydad is that midfielder Brahim Nakach will be suspended for the match after picking up a red card on Saturday.

Esperance, who have won the tournament a total three times, are the defending champions while two time champions Wydad claimed the 2017 title.

The winner of the CL will walk away with USD 2.5m (Kshs 253m) while the runners-up will get USD 1.25m.