Morocco’s Raja Club Athletic will face Algeria’s JS Kabylie in the 2020-21 TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup final on Sunday, 10 July 2021 at Stade de L’Amitie, General Mathieu Kerekou in Cotonou Benin. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 19:00 GMT.
Following are some of the match facts:
● This will be the first encounter between Raja Casablanca and JS Kabylie in the CAF Confederation Cup. The Algerian team have never won against Moroccan opposition in the competition (D2 L2), failing to score in each of these four encounters.
● Raja Casablanca will play their second CAF Confederation Cup final after 2018 (winners against AS Vita Club), becoming the sixth team to reach this stage of the competition multiple times since it began in 2004, after CS Sfaxien (4), Étoile du Sahel (3), TP Mazembe (3), FAR Rabat (2) and RS Berkane (2).
● JS Kabylie are the third Algerian team to reach the CAF Confederation Cup final since its creation in 2004, after ES Sétif in 2009 (runners-up against Stade Malien) and MO Bejaia in 2016 (runners-up against TP Mazembe). Algeria could be the first country to have teams play in as many as three finals in the competition and never win one.
● Raja Casablanca (W7 D3) and JS Kabylie (W6 D4) are the only two sides to remain undefeated in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2020-21.
● Raja Casablanca have conceded just one goal in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2020-21 (against Orlando Pirates in the quarter-final first leg), no team have ever conceded less than three in a single campaign in the competition. The Moroccan team have also failed to score in their last two CAF Confederation Cup games – they’ve never gone three consecutive games in the competition without scoring.
● JS Kabylie have only made eight changes to their starting XI in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2020-21, five fewer than any other team, while only Pyramids FC (36) have made more than opponents Raja Casablanca (33).
● Only Coton Sport’s Lambert Gueme Araina (46) and Sibiri Sanou (37) have been involved in more shots than Raja Casablanca’s Soufiane Rahimi (35 – 23 attempts, 12 chances created) in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2020-21. The striker has been involved in seven goals in the competition this season (4 goals, 3 assists), more than any other player for the Moroccan team.
● JS Kabylie’s Oussama Benbot has a 64.7% save percentage in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2020-21, the second lowest among goalkeepers with more than three games played in the competition this season, after Sherif Ekramy (Pyramids FC – 58.8%).