After an exciting semi-final, Wydad Casablanca survived tremendous pressure to defeat Esperance 5-4 on penalties and secure their spot in the African Football League final.
After Tunisia won 1-0 after extra time, the Moroccans needed to maintain composure in the shootout to advance, tied at 1-1 overall.
Earlier, Wydad’s defenders held strong against constant waves of pressure as the Tunisians won a series of corners.
Oussema Bouguerra came dangerously close to scoring before Silva’s shot through a packed box was disallowed for offside.
In the extra period, Esperance persisted in pressing the matter despite Wydad now appearing exhausted and the hosts smelling blood.
When Silva finally broke through with a first-time finish to tie the score at one, the stadium roared.
Wydad used incredible fortitude and determination to withstand Esperance’s second leg assault before triumphing in the mental struggle when it counted most.
The Tunisian club was devastated since they had dominated play and lost, as a result of their inability to produce a game-winning goal.
However, when forced into a corner, Wydad showed incredible poise and perseverance to regain control and secure their spot in AFL history.
During the shootout, Achraf Dari, Yahya Jabrane, Aymane El Hassouni, Yahya Attiat-Allah, and Ayoub El Kaabi all converted for the Moroccans, who displayed incredible poise.
In moments of unforgettably joyful celebration, Wydad defeated Esperance 5–4 on penalties, sealing progress in the absence of Rodrigues Silva and Abdelkader Bedrane.
Following their amazing feat of escape, the Moroccans will play South African team Mamelodi Sundowns in the final on Sunday.
In order to go to the final, Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Al-Ahly 1-0 overall in the first semifinal.
As Wydad gets ready for a mouthwatering matchup against Sundowns, the inaugural AFL trophy is now tantalisingly waiting for them.