USM Alger inch closer to historic Confed Cup title with win in Tanzania

Karim Farouk , Sunday 28 May 2023

Algerian side USM Alger took a significant step towards securing their first-ever continental title as they emerged triumphant with a 2-1 away victory against Young Africans in the first leg of the Confederation Cup final on Sunday.

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USM Alger Forward Aimen Mahious try to intercepted the ball during the match with Young Africans on Sunday 28 May, 2023. Photo courtesy of Young Africans Facebook page.


In an intense match, the visitors' Aimen Mahious found the back of the net in the 32nd minute, followed by Ismal Merili in the 84th minute. However, Fiston Mayele managed to score a consolation goal for the hosts in the 82nd minute, causing a momentary upset for the crowd that had packed Dar-es-Salaam Stadium.

Since the morning, thousands of fans had flocked to the stadium, with hundreds even lingering outside the perimeters after failing to secure a spot in the stands. Their hopes were pinned on their team, longing for a long-awaited trophy for their nation.

However, the dream now appears to be fading, as they can only cling to the hope of a miraculous comeback in the return leg, set to take place in Algiers on Saturday, 3 June.

USMA, also on a quest for their maiden continental glory, came agonizingly close eight years ago when they finished as runners-up in the Champions League. In a two-legged decider against TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo, USMA suffered defeat both at home and away.

One thing is certain: June 3 will witness the making of history.

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