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Shaban crowned as Raja beat Esperance in CAF super cup

Muhammad Shaban never stepped on the pitch but was crowned as Moroccan club Raja Casablanca beat Esperance from Tunisia 2-1 to win the 2019 CAF Super Cup.

The Super cup that pitted 2018 CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup winners was, against the tradition, held outside the continent in Doha, Qatar in Asia.

Abdelilah Hafidi gave the Moroccans a first half lead, substitute Youcef Belaili levelled matters later but Captain Badr Benoun’s 65th minute back heel sealed the victory.

The victory was the second time the Botola bigshots scooped the Super cup.

Despite changing the tradition of CAF Champions League winners hosting it, the match at the Al Gharafa Stadium in the Qatari capital was witnessed by a near-full capacity crowd.

The former Onduparaka and KCCA FC striker was not named in the match day squad but was part of the contigent that received the winners’ medal.

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