USMA offers Algeria its first Confederation Cup

The Union Sportive de la Medina d'Alger (Usma) won the Confederation Cup this Saturday against the Tanzanian club Young Africans in the return final. Despite their defeat at home (0-1), the Algiers earned the right to hold up the trophy thanks to their victory in the first leg (2-1). This is a first for Algerian football.

The joy of the USM Alger players. (Illustration). © Courtesy of CAF

Text by: Ndiasse Sambe Follow


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It was certainly harder than they had probably dreamed, but the main thing is done: this first Confederation Cup brought back for the first time in Algeria. After ES Setif (2009), Mo Béjaïa (2016) and JS Kabylie (2021) all failed in the final, Usma has found the key to finally offer Algeria this trophy created by CAF since 2004.

After winning the first leg (2-1) in Dar es Salaam on the land of Young Africans, the Algerians probably thought they had made 3/4 of the way to the coronation. Especially since the last time Yanga came to visit the Algiers in May 2018, he left with a full suitcase (4-0). But this time, an early goal from the visitors quickly cooled the hosts of the evening and the 60,000 supporters of the Stade 5 juillet 1962. It is the Congolese defender Djuma Shabani who opens the score indeed on penalty in the 5th minute of play. Tunisian Mohamed Nabi's men made up for it partly by equalizing on both sides, but the two away goals scored by Usma will weigh heavily. All the way.

10th in the Algerian Championship

Young Africans has long believed in the feat when its Malian goalkeeper Djigui Diarra began to multiply the stops in front of the striker Aymen Mahious and especially by stopping the penalty of Zineddine Belaid on the hour of play (59th). But the Usma will have earned its cup, constantly seeking to win this match in front of its public, multiplying the shots on goal (16) and releasing the embrace only towards the end of the match when the smell of the Cup was more and more felt. Despite the anguish of the six minutes of stoppage time, the score will not move. The public could exult and captain Belaid proudly brandished the club's first African trophy created in 1937.

Only ranked 10th in its championship, the club from the Bab El Oued district has now written its name in the history of Algerian and African football.

🏆 C H A M P I O N S

🇩🇿 🏆@USMAofficiel write history to record their first-ever #TotalEnergiesCAFCC title. 👏

— TotalEnergies CAFCL - TotalEnergies CAFCC 🏆 (@CAFCLCC) June 3, 2023

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