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CAF Champions League: Esperance Stage Come Back To Clinch Third Title


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Friday, November 9
ES Tunis 3-0 Al Ahly
(ES win 4-3 on aggregate)

Espérance Sportive de Tunis are the kings of African football.

The Tunisian side staged a comeback to win the 2018 Africa Champions League on Friday.

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Trailing 3-1 after the first leg, Esperance won the return leg 3-0 at the Stade El Menzah to clinch their third championship.

ES Tunis players in celebrations. Courtesy photo

Saad Beguir put the hosts into the driving seat before completing his double before the hour mark.

Esperance who had won it in 2011 and 1994 sealed the win with four minutes remaining with Anice Badri at the finishing end.

It should be noted that Al Ahly has lost two finals in a row. The side had lost 2-1 on aggregate to Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca.

Al Ahly last won in 2013

This is also the third final loss in a row for an Egyptian club. Zamalek had lost to South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 on aggregate in 2016.

However, Al Ahly are the record winners with 8 titles, last won in 2013 against Orlando Pirates.

It should be noted that both finalists were in group A with KCCA FC (who finished third in the group) with Township Rollers.

Stand up for the Champions.

Al Ahly who topped group A, eliminated Horoya and ES setif at the quarters and semis respectively.

ES Tunis ousted Etoile De Sahel and De Agosto in the quarters and semis in that order.

ES Tunis bags US$2.5 million while runners up Al Ahly takes home US$1.25 million.

Anice Badri (ES Tunis) finishes as the leading goal scorer with eight goals.

ES Tunis will represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup.


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