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FIVE things to know ahead of the CAF Confederation Cup final between RS Berkane and Orlando Pirates in Uyo, Nigeria, on Friday, 20 May. Photo: Getty Images

CAF Confederation Cup final: FIVE things you need to know

FIVE things to know ahead of the CAF Confederation Cup final between RS Berkane and Orlando Pirates in Uyo, Nigeria, on Friday, 20 May.

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FIVE things to know ahead of the CAF Confederation Cup final between RS Berkane and Orlando Pirates in Uyo, Nigeria, on Friday, 20 May. Photo: Getty Images

FIVE things to know ahead of the CAF Confederation Cup final between RS Berkane of Morocco and Orlando Pirates of South Africa in Uyo, Nigeria, on Friday, 20 May.

Venue for the CAF Confederation Cup final is 660km from Lagos

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Venue

The Godswill Akpabio International Stadium was opened in 2014, cost $96 million, can accommodate 30 000 spectators and is named after a 59-year-old Nigerian politician and lawyer. Uyo is the capital of a southeastern state and is 660km by road from the commercial capital, Lagos.

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Referee

Zambian Janny Sikazwe, who mistakenly ended an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match between Mali and Tunisia in Cameroon last January without playing added time and later admitted to having suffered from heatstroke, will referee the final, with Angolan and Mozambican assistants, a fourth official from Botswana and an Egyptian VAR team.

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Kick-off

The 19th final of a competition launched in 2004 will kick off at 21:00 (SA time). There will be no extra time. If the clubs are level after 90 minutes, the title decider goes straight to a penalty shootout to decide who succeeds Moroccans Raja Casablanca as winners of the second-tier African competition.

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Prizes

The winners pocket $1.25 million (R20 million) and the runners-up $625 000 (R10 million). Whichever club lifts the trophy will get a further $200 000 (R3.2 million) or $150 000 (R2.4 million) depending on whether they win or lose the annual one-off CAF Super Cup match against the CAF Champions League winners, title-holders Al Ahly of Egypt or Raja Casablanca of Morocco, who meet in the final on Monday, 30 May.

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History

The CAF Confederation Cup kicked off in 2004, replacing the African Cup Winners Cup and CAF Cup competitions, and is the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League. Hearts of Oak were the first winners, beating Asante Kotoko on penalties in a two-leg, all-Ghana affair. Clubs from Morocco and Tunisia have dominated since, winning 11 of the 17 subsequent finals. Tunisian side Club Sportif Sfaxien hold the record for titles with three, winning the 2007, 2008 and 2013 finals.   

By Garrin Lambley © Agence France-Presse

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