Raja Casablanca won the African Confederation Cup for the second time in four years with a 2-1 victory over JS Kabylie of Algeria in Saturday’s final in Benin.
Reduced to 10-men, Raja Casablanca scored two early goals but had to hang on grimly to secure the win.
Soufiane Rahimi put Raja ahead after five minutes at the end of a sweeping move and then Congolese Ben Malango was offered time and space to swivel inside the penalty area and strike home from close range for a second goal after 14 minutes.
But JS Kabylie pulled one back with the first attack of the second half of the final, as Mohamed Zakaria Boulahia finished smartly at the end of a protracted goalmouth scramble.
The Algerians received a boost when Raja had Omar Arjoune sent off after connecting with an opponent’s face with a high…