Moroccan club Maghreb Fes on Saturday beat favourite Esperance of Tunisia by 4-3 on penalties to win the 2012 CAF Super Cup, which is played annually between the winners of the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup.
The clubs resorted to penalties after they ended the regulation time 1-1, following goals by Hamza Abourazzouk for Maghreb and Khelil Chammam for Esperance.
Rachid Taoussi then scored the decisive kick to give the Moroccan side its first victory in the competition. Maghreb Fes also smiled home with the US$75,000 winner’s cheque.
Only twice in 19 previous one-off matches between the winners of the annual CAF club competitions have the Champions League holders failed to raise the trophy and collect the winners’ cheque.
The reasons for this include the Champions League being much tougher to win as it attracts the best clubs on the continent, and the winners of the premier competition having enjoyed home advantage in the Super Cup for the past 16 years.
Egyptian sides have dominated the annual match with Al Ahly winning four titles and Zamalek three while Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, Enyimba of Nigeria and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo have had two successes each.
Tunisia is second with three victories through Etoile du Sahel, which has won twice, and Esperance, a one-time winner.
Raja Casablanca is the only other Moroccan clubside to have won the CAF Super Cup.