Another Moroccan player, Zamalek SC, suffered a penalty loss in last year’s final of Morocco, but they were not in the mood to light again on the same occasion when they scored on home ground thanks to a goal from Burkinabe defender Issofou Dayo.But victory ensured.
Berkan was to finish the game with 10 men, just like last year’s final, when Bakar El Helly was sent off with a dangerous tackle for two minutes on the clock.
Despite the numerical loss, the home side managed to stay just but away.
The debutant Pyramid, who made his debut at the start of the season, came into the finals in his first season leading up to the final game of the campaign with only two defeats from his last 15 matches in the competition. He also won all eight of his matches this season before the finals.
But, they could not finish the work as the experienced Moroccans held on for a valuable victory.
In one half, Berken opened the scoring after an hour-long quarter when Iajour Mouhssine’s shot opened from inside the box after a goalmouth scuffle and Dayo’s knee and into the net.
It was a rewarding start from the home side as they showed intent and hunger by going word.
After just 14 seconds, he knocked on the door with lajour’s header, an Omar Namsaoui cross widened.
The veteran forward came close again in the seventh minute when he did well to save the ball inside the box, but his shot was well saved by pyramid keeper Mahdi Soliman.
But as the game progressed, the Egyptian debutants slowly began to ease the pressure and pinned Berkane in their own half. He did well to camp on the opposing side and scored his first real goal in the 24th minute.
Some good build up coupled with rapid short passing issued a cross to Omar , who overcame the ball well for Mohammad Farooq, but his shot was just wide.
Forward left the question again with a three-minute break when he dribbled inside the box, but his final shot once again failed to trouble the keeper.
In the second half, Berkney started with as much agility as he did in the first and only two minutes. From a good sprint to the right, Bakre El Helali cut the ball back for lajour, but the forward intercepted the ball.
Seeing that they needed to recover themselves quickly, Pyramid made a change in the 56th minute, bringing on Ibrahim Hasan for Ayman Mansoor. Hassan was part of the Zamlek squad, which won the title by defeating Berkane last season and the Pyramids were expected to work the same magic.
Pyramid kept the pressure up and gave another chance in the 62nd minute, but Farooq’s nifty Abdalla Mohamed hit a freekick, but the effort hit the net. He made another change, John coming in for Ahmed Hassan.
With an angled header from a Farooq cross from Ghana made almost an immediate impact, but it just went wide.
At the other end, Berkney had a chance to end the game when Hamdi Laachir Lwas ejected accurately through a pass, but he blew the ball.
The Pyramids piled up under pressure as they sought to get one just to play themselves back.
When El Helali was sent for a dangerous attack on Gaber, he was given a numerical advantage. However, despite all the last ditch attempts, they could not defend anything from the game.