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Wydad Casablanca, Mamelodi Sundowns book AFL final spot

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Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa reached the inaugural African Football League final on Wednesday night after dramatic semi-final victories.

Wydad edged Esperance of Tunisia 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate draw, while Sundowns held on for a goalless draw against Al Ahly of Egypt to complete a 1-0 aggregate victory.

Wydad were under immense pressure in the second leg in Tunis, with Esperance dominating and equalising through Rodrigo Silva with two minutes left. But the Moroccans kept their nerve in the shootout to progress.

Sundowns, meanwhile, produced a heroic defensive display to keep Al Ahly at bay in Cairo. The Egyptian giants had a penalty saved by Ronwen Williams and hit the woodwork early on, but Sundowns refused to yield and reached their first continental final since 2016.

The two sides will now meet in a mouth-watering all-African title decider on Sunday, with Wydad looking to win their first continental trophy in over 25 years and Sundowns hoping to end their own barren spell on the continent.

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