Egyptian side Zamalek triumphed over Tunisia’s Esperance 3-1 to win the African Super Cup for the fourth time on Friday.
Achraf Bencharki was the starman in Doha on Friday as he grabbed a brace in front of the near-capacity crowd after Esperance’s Abdelraouf Benguit’s goal from the spot cancelled out Youssef Fayed’s second minute header.
The CAF Super Cup is played between the winners of the CAF Confederation Cup and CAF Champions League.
Esperance had been declared winners of the CAF Champions League last year after Wydad Casablanca had abandoned the final in protest at the organisers’ decision not to use VAR.
Meanwhile, Zamalek had beaten Morocco’s RS Berkane 5-3 via penalty shootout to lift their first ever CAF Confederations Cup title.
It was heartbreak for Moune Chaabani’s Esperance, who lost their second successive Super Cup final after also falling to Raja Casablanca last season.
Interestingly, it was Zamalek coach Patrice Carteron’s second consecutive Super Cup after guiding Raja to the same title last season, fascinatingly against Esperance.
In the process, the Frenchman made history by becoming the first-ever manager to lift the Caf Super Cup in two straight years with two different clubs.
Youssef Mohamed ‘Obama’ Fayed headed in Zamalek’s second minute opener, to rouse the noisy Egyptian fans who outnumbered their Tunisian counterparts.
VAR was used to rule on a 47th minute foul by Zamalek’s Mahmoud Attia which brought him a booking with Esperance’s Abdelraouf Benguit levelling with a penalty.
But it was Bencharki who stole the headlines with a clinical shot in the 57th minute that delighted the near-capacity crowd.
Esperance substitute Mohamed Ali Ben Hamouda had an 86th minute effort disallowed because of a foul, all but sealing the result for Zamalek’s jubilant fans.
Morocco’s Bencharki drove home Zamalek’s third and final goal in injury time.
Friday’s fixture helped to draw a line under the chaotic clash that saw Esperance win the African Champions League after Wydad Casablanca had abandoned last season’s final in protest at the organisers’ decision not to use VAR.
The Super Cup is an annual one-off match and was staged in Africa from its inception in 1993 until last year when it moved to Qatar.