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Confederation Cup: Kabylie Relish First African Final In 19 Years



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Fans of Algerian club JS Kabylie are savouring a first African final in 19 years as they face former champions Raja Casablanca of Morocco’s in the Confederation Cup.

The two north African sides meet on Saturday evening in Cotonou, Benin, in the one-legged tie.

The coronavirus pandemic means there is a reduced capacity of 12,000 for the match but several hundred Kabylie fans will be among them.

A charter flight of 350 fans is travelling from Algeria, with more expected to make the trip from France.

Those not lucky enough to make the trip can watch on the numerous outdoor screens that have been set up across the Kabylie region, especially in the area’s largest city Tizi Ouzou, where the club is based.

JS Kabylie have already started reaping the rewards of making the final after selling out of merchandise two days after opening their first club shop last week.

While there are no organised trips for Raja Casablanca, some fans are making their own way to Benin to support their team.

Supporters’ entry is free but all will have to produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test to be allowed in.

In Morocco, a ban on large gatherings due to a recent increase in Covid cases means fans can only meet in smaller numbers at cafes and restaurants.

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