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Thursday, September 28, 2023

CAF Champions League 2019-20 Semi-final Preview: Raja Casablanca (MAR) vs Zamalek (EGY)

The return of the CAF Champions League continues with the second semi-final 1st leg between Zamalek and Raja Casablanca in Morocco. Raja are coming off their triumph in the league season, winning the 2019-20 Botola in dramatic fashion. A squad personified by discipline and toughness, Raja will be a stingy opponent.

Zamalek have had a disappointing season, and will be laying it all on the line to potentially upstage rivals Al Ahly. The team appears to have stabilized and found some rhythm since hiring coach Jaime Pacheco, but will need to stay focused against the Moroccan champions. Here is Pan-Africa Football’s preview of the second semi-final:

Raja Casablanca

Center-back Badr Banoun has seen his star rise with Raja. He will be joining top Egyptian club Al Ahly after the tournament.

Path to the Semi-Finals

Preliminary RoundHomeScoreAway
10 August 2019Brikama United3-3Raja Casablanca
24 August 2019Raja Casablanca4-0Brikama United
Aggregate ScoreRaja Casablanca7-3Brikama United
First Round
15 September 2019Al-Nasr1-3Raja Casablanca
28 September 2019Raja Casablanca1-1Al-Nasr
Aggregate ScoreRaja Casablanca4-2Al-Nasr
Group DGPWDLGFGAGDPointsQualification
Esp. de Tunis632173411Qualifies for Final Tournament
Raja Casablanca632164211Qualifies for Final Tournament
JS Kabylie621337-47
AS Vita Club611446-24