After squeezing Lions Esperance seek glory
After squeezing past East End Lions of Sierra Leone 5-4 on aggregate at the preliminaries, the Tunisians eased past Burkina Faso champions, ASFA 7-2 on aggregate at the 1/16th round before scaling over Sudanese giants Al-Merrikh 4-1 to book their place at the mini-league stage.
This season, they have been in superb form in their quest to land the crown which has eluded them all this years.
Housed in Group A alongside holders TP Mazembe (DR Congo), Ente Setif (Algeria) and Dynamos (Zimbabwe), the ‘Blood and Gold’ finished as group winners on 13 points, two points richer than Mazembe, with Entente Setif and Dynamos in that order on six and three points respectively.
Esperance are seeking to reach the promise land of continental club football after a 16-year waiting. The Tunisian giants, The ‘Blood and Gold’ winners in 1994 came closest in 1999 and 2000 but lost out to Raja Casablanca of Morocco and Ghana’s Hearts of Oak at the final.
At the semis, Esperance lost 1-2 to Al-Ahly of Egypt in the first leg in Cairo before managing a lone goal victory in the reverse fixture to seal their place at the final.
The Tunisians suffered a 0-5 loss in the final first leg held on October 31 and will be seeking to overturn the tables in the second leg on this Saturday November 13.
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