FIFA Club World Cup 2018
- Esperance won the third CAF Champions League
- Anice Badri finishes the top scorer in the competition
- Esperance plays another FIFA Club World Cup
Esperance has written a new chapter in the history of African football and won the third CAF Champions League during its history. Returning to the top of the mainland hierarchy after seven years of absence, Blood and gold can now move on to the next challenge: the FIFA Club World Cup next month in the UAE.
The third star
The players and fans of the Tunisian club made this contest the main objective of the season. In the battle four times at the end, Esperance decided not to use such a disappointment. In 2012, the Tunisians had risen to a decisive match before admitting their fatal defeat at the Olympic Stadium at Rades Al-Ahly. Esperance, however, fully negotiated the renewal of this poster. He returned to success in a competition he had not won since 2011.
But in addition to this twofold decisive confrontation, the giant of Tunis is the greeting of all of us. Esperance was the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals, starting on the fourth day of the group stage. In the process, he strengthened his favorite position by investing ES Sahelin in the Tunisian derby. Since Primeiro de Agosto's law was in the semi-finals, the Tunisians showed that they did not have any signs of turning their turn (4: 2) at home. The final confirmed the courage of this extraordinary team. Despite a 3: 1 defeat in Egypt, Blood and gold have drawn their fortunes to win 3-0 before Al Ahlya in Rades, the result that gives them the most desired title in Africa.
- Esperance played 16 matches
- His record is nine wins, four draws and three losses
- He scored 26 goals (1.63 per match) for 12
Al Ahly's sorrow
Last season at Wydad finals Al Ahly sees the trophy again. Failure against Esperance is all the more difficult in cash that the Egyptians have achieved an excellent course throughout the tournament. Having won 3: 1 on the first leg, they probably thought they had made the hardest. Fans believed it, but African octuples masters have not managed to increase the extra line in this race they still keep. Red Devilswho have not won since 2013 have had to face their injuries for their return. Their goals did not survive this packing group.
A key player
Each stage was influenced by the emergence of new talents, but Tunisia's international Anice Badri deserves a special mention of his excellent performances and eight of his goals, which are included in the excellent course of Esperance. One hour received Mouscron Tunisia, Badri has signed his career for the most beautiful seasons. Sometimes a midfielder, a gambler or an attacker, he shined at all places. His decisive goal in the final comeback has turned the winner in his camp and earned him at the same time the name of the top scorer. Badri is now able to fulfill his dream of playing in the Club World Cup a few months after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with Tunisia.
Angels of Primeiro de Agosto have made headlines for several weeks. Their eleven years of participation in the Champions League they surpassed all expectations and placed second behind their group ES Sahel. Primeiro then created a surprise by rejecting TP Mazembe's quarterfinals before Esperance was placed on the field in the final. Unfortunately for him the army club failed in the final door. The Angolan people continued to hold their qualifications five minutes after the end of the term, but the Tunisians tore their skills at the final moments of the game. In this Champions League, Primeiro played 14 games with six wins, five wins and three losses.
"It was a very competitive event, we progressed during the matches and I started to believe it more and more, I congratulate my players, they were great, especially when it came back, in the semifinals and in the finals I want to thank our fans for their support, they always believed us" Mouin El Shaabani, Esperance coach
Did you know
- Seventh time, Finance Manager Esperance won the third continent, two prizes in 1994 and 2011
- The capital city team plays for another FIFA Club World Cup; in the year 2011, blood and gold had arrived in the quarterfinals
- This is Al Ahly's fourth victory in the final. Every time, the fate of the meeting was played outside
- Esperance has ended a series of ten games without a win against Al Ahly. The previous success was in 2011