Throne Cup: RCA’s Surprise Defeat Leads WAF to its First Throne Cup Final
By The Atlas Lions, Nov 4 2018 05:05PM
By Morocco World News -
Rabat – On Saturday, Wydad Fes, commonly known as Wydad Athletic Club de Fès (WAF), surprised the football community by eliminating the reigning champions, Raja Club Athletic (RCA).
After a few failed attempts to score the opening goal, Raja Casablanca striked first by its veteran left winger, Abdelilah Hafidi in the 19th minute of the game.
Wydad Fes leveled the score following a counterattack by the substitute Azeddine Baala in the 75th minute.
The match regulation time ended in a tie, as did the extra time, taking both teams to a penalty shootout.
Raja’s striker Mouhcine Iajour was the first to miss, but then Raja’s goalkeeper gave them hope by blocking WAF’s next penalty.
But Raja’s Omar Boutayeb’s penalty shot went wild, allowing WAF to reach its very first Throne Cup final where they will face Nahdat Berkane (RSB).
RSB reached the final by defeating the reigning CAF Champions League winner Wydad de Casablanca (WAC).
WAF is currently playing in Morocco’s second division, ranking 14th out of 16 teams. The club was founded in 1948 in Fes.
It is Fes’ second big team, along with Maghreb El Fassi (MAS), which has won the Throne title four times.