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CAF SUPER CUP: Preview; Esperance de Tunis VRS Zamalek SC

The 28th edition of the CAF Super Cup comes up tonight in Doha between Tusinian champions Esperance de Tunis and Egyptian giant Zamalek SC at the already sold out Thani bin Jassim Stadium in Al Rayyan.

The CAF Super Cup is a one off game that pits the winner of the Champions league and the Confederations Cup. Esperance won the last edition of the Champions league after humbling Wydad Athletic club 2-1 on aggregate scoreline in a game which had a lot of controversies whiles Zamalek also clinched the Confederations Cup with a 5-3 on penalties victory over Moroccan outfit RS Berkane.

Both teams have a fixture in the CAF Champions league this year as they have been drawn against each other in the quarter final stage with the first leg coming up in Egypt and the second encounter in Rades.

This game has the Super Cup trophy at stake and will also determine who becomes the real champions of Africa in the 2018/19 campaign. Not only that, the two coaches will have the opportunity to monitor their opponents very well and how to go by their strategies during their quarter final clash in the Champions league.

As far as the CAF Super Cup is concerned, both Esperance and Zamalek have played in four finals. The White Knights have won on three occasions and lost it only once. Meanwhile, Esperance with four appearances have won only one and lost three of them as they even lost the same title to Raja Athletic Club in the previous year.

Both teams have been sensational this season in their domestic leagues and also the Champions league. Esperance de Tunis and Zamalek SC have all cruised to the quarters and also placed 1st and 3rd on their respective league logs.

Esperance have most of their players left; the likes of Anice Badri, Youcef Belaili, Franck Kom all have moved elsewhere but trust Coach Moine Chaabani as he can still rely on the likes of goalkeeper Ben Cheriffa, Quattara, Taha Yassine Khenissi, Kwame Bonsu etc to continue with their dominance tonight.

However, the White Knights have been off for sometime until they bounced back to win the Confederations Cup last season. Coach Patrick Carteron will have most of his key players available for this clash as Mahmoud Shikabala is likely to be handed a starting place tonight. Obama, Ferjani Sassi, Achraf Bencharki will all be available so as Mustafa Mohammed, who emerged as the top scorer in the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.

Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)

By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim

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