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CS Sfaxien and FUS Rabat renew rivalry

The Confederation Cup trophy
The Confederation Cup is worth $660,000 to the winners

Tunisia's CS Sfaxien will be chasing a Confederation Cup treble when they face FUS Rabat in the first leg of this year's final on Sunday.

CS Sfaxien won the tournament in 2007 and 2008 but face a tough task in Rabat against the surprise team of the year.

Three years ago, FUS Rabat played in the lower leagues in Morocco, but are now just two matches away from an unlikely continental triumph.

The two sides have already met twice in the group phase, each winning at home.

Sfaxien won 3-0 at home, before losing 2-1 to their rivals in the reverse fixture.

CS Sfaxien qualified 5-3 on penalties for the final after they were tied on 1-1 aggregate with Sudan's Al Hilal.

FUS lost their return leg semi-final to Al Ittihad of Libya 1-0, but reached their first-ever continental final on the away goal rule after winning the first clash 2-1 in Tripoli.

This is the second time clubs from Tunisia and Morocco will clash in the Confederation Cup final.

In 2006, Etoile du Sahel won the competition when they edged past Morocco's Royal Armed Forces of Rabat on the away goal rule to clinch the trophy.

FAR have so far been Morocco's only winners of the competition, having beaten Dolphin of Nigeria in the 2005 final.

FUS Rabat are, therefore, hoping to follow in the footsteps of their city rivals but will be aware of the fact that Sfaxien have never lost a Confederation Cup final.

The second leg will be staged in Sfax on Saturday 4 December with the winner earning $660,000 and the right to face African Champions League winners, TP Mazembe, in next year's African Super Cup.



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see also
Sfaxien v Rabat in Confed final
14 Nov 10 |  African
2010 Confederation Cup statistics
03 Aug 10 |  African
Mazembe claim back-to-back crowns
13 Nov 10 |  African


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