Right from that undefeated group stage run, till the end of their CAF Confederation Cup race, Raja Casablanca were perfect. Anything less than winning the 2021 trophy would have been a travesty of football justice.
When JS Kabylie pinned the Moroccan club down at the start of the second half and midfielder Omar Arjoune had a yellow card turned into the dreaded red, it looked like the football gods were going to cast an ugly spell on the perfect race. Raja held on and the perfect race came to the perfect ending.
Thirteen goals scored were by Raja Casablanca in Group D and zero were conceded. This was the perfect launching of the Moroccan club’s perfect race. The defence was only pierced by Orlando Pirates’ Vincent Pule in the quarter-finals and Zaka of JS Kablyie’s wonderful shot during the final. To say the defence was perfect throughout would be an understatement.
Congolese target man, Ben Malango ended the tournament with 6 goals but it was the big man’s hold-up that was perfectly personified throughout Raja’s race. A number 9 that can control, dribble, hold and pass is any coach’s perfect dream. Rahimi provided the perfect wing-play, giving wingbacks daylight nightmares game after game. Hafidi is the rock that Raja is built on, enough said.
Raja Casablanca ran the perfect race and it ended perfectly.