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Wydad Captain Opens Up Dumping ‘Favourites’ Sundowns Out CAFCL

Wydad Atheltic Club captain Yahya Jabrane admits eliminating Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld was a special moment for their CAF Champions League campaign.

The reigning champions were ranked as underdogs due to their indifferent displays this season while sacking Juan Carlos Garrido for Sven Vandenbroek a week before the first leg in Casablanca.

Sundowns dominated the game but failed to score and finished with nine men as Neo Maema and Marcelo Allende received red cards at the end of each half.

And with Sundowns battering opposition at home all season, Wydad has their backs firmly against the wall but triumphed on the away goal rule after coming back twice with goals from Ayoub El Amloud and Mothobi Mavla’s late own goal.

“The game was hard against a strong team, the team everyone was calling favourites for the title this season and reach the final,” Jabrane said about the Sundowns game in an interview with CAF TV.

“The second leg was a life or death game, we didn’t have any other choice to win… but when they scored first, we believed the game was still in our hands, that we could still do it.

“The player’s determination and their will to win increased, the timing of the second goal was hard for us… but thank God we passed through situations like this before.

“Our player’s characters and the persona of the team made the difference and helped us to the draw.

“The goal of Ayoub El Amloud against Sundowns that helped us qualify, for me it’s the best goal of the season.”

Wydad host Al Ahly in the second leg final at the Stade Mohamed V this weekend, looking to overturn a 2-1 scoreline in the capital city of Morocco.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.