World News – GB – Africa ‘Man City’ wants to put pressure on Orange Boys in CAF Confederation Cup final


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 24 – Pyramids FC of Egypt are called Africa’s’ Manchester City’ because they share with the English Premier League club are enjoying a huge middle east investment

Formed in 2008 as Al Assiouty Sport, the club had no impact until Saudi Turki al Sheikh took over, changed the name to Pyramids and splashed millions of dollars in signing stars and coaches

When the Emirates Salim al Shamsi took over from Al Sheikh, he followed a similar pattern in an effort to challenge national giants Al Ahly and Zamalek and become a force in Africa

They entered the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time this season and will end a fairy tale on Sunday if they beat Moroccan side Renaissance Berkane, known as Orange Boys, in the final in Rabat

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This advantage for Berkane will be significantly diluted as the title decision maker takes place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic

It’s a big blow because the Renaissance would normally have been supported by a mostly Moroccan crowd in the Prince Moulay Abdellah stadium, with a capacity of 50,000 seats, in the capital of the kingdom

Berkane qualified for the final by beating compatriot Morocco Hassania Agadir at the final stage while Pyramids beat Horoya of Guinea 92 kilometers (57 miles) on the Atlantic coast in Casablanca

Mohamed Aziz of Berkane and Abdallah el Said of Pyramids are both 35-year-old midfielders with the Moroccan operating on the left flank and the Egyptian in the center

Aziz converted two penalties to move his club past Hassania and is the Confederation Cup campaign’s top scorer with six, one more than striker Hamdi Laachir

El Said spent seven years at Ismaily, a period similar to Al Ahly and a loan period with KuPS in Finland before joining Pyramids two years ago

Berkane handler Tarik Sektioui hopes to become the fourth Moroccan coach to win the Confederation Cup and Pyramids boss Ante Cacic, the first Croat to achieve the feat

Sektioui, 43, has played at home, Europe and the Middle East as a winger, and Berkane are the fourth Moroccan club he has managed

Former Croatia manager Cacic, 67, took over from Pyramids last year, which was his second mission to Africa after assisting compatriot Ilija Loncarevic when he was in charge of Libya

Berkane has a distinct advantage over Pyramids in the Continental experience as this is his fourth Confederation Cup appearance compared to the Cairo squad first

After exiting the preliminary round as a rookie five years ago, Berkane reached the final last season and took African giant Zamalek of Egypt to a penalty shootout before losing

While Pyramids is a newcomer, several first-team regulars like El Said and center-back Ali Gabr already have CAF experience with other Egyptian clubs

RS Berkane in action against Hassania Agadir in the semi-final of the CAF Confederation Cup

Sektioui and Cacic rely heavily on local talent with only one non-Moroccan – center-back Issoufou Dayo of Burkina Faso – in the starting lineup for Berkane’s semi-final

Another Burkinabe striker Alain Traoré came off the bench against Hassania and scored four of the 27 goals Berkane scored en route to the final

Pyramids have selected nine Egyptian starters plus two West African forwards, Burkinabe Eric Traoré and prolific striker John Antwi of Ghana

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