Raja Casablanca striker Soufiane Rahimi scored twice that the Moroccan took control of the final of the 2018 African Confederation Cup with a 3-0 victory in the first-person AS Vita club of 10 at Stade Mohammed V on Sunday.
After a first half without goals, Rahimi made his four-round fight with a gun to set his nerves home before the season's top marker, Mahmoud Benhalib turned a penalty in the 66th minute, the 12th goal of the campaign.
Vita Club, hoping for a hat-trick of titles for parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after TP Mazembe has won over the past two years, was reduced to 10 men, while defender Yannick Bangala, who fired the blow on the spot, won a second yellow card.
Raja saw the rest of the game comfortably and traveled to the second leg in Kinshasa on Sunday, trying to win a first continental title because it raised the deadly CAF Cup in 2003.
Nick Said Reporting; editing by Ken Ferris