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Esperance Fail To Win Third Consecutive CAF Champions League Title

Moroccan referee Redouane Jiyed (C-R) presents a purple card to an Esperance’s midfielder Mohamed Ben Romdhane (C-L) through the first leg of the CAF Champions League Quarter-final soccer match between Egypt’s Zamalek and Tunisia’s Esperance on the Cairo Worldwide Stadium within the capital on February 28, 2020.


Tunisian membership Esperance this weekend grew to become the newest victims of a jinx that has prevented any membership successful the CAF Champions League three consecutive occasions.

Zamalek of Egypt defeated the 2018 and 2019 trophy-holders Three-2 on mixture in a quarter-final after dropping the second leg 1-Zero in Tunis Friday.

Esperance joined Al Ahly of Egypt and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo (twice every) and Enyimba of Nigeria as back-to-back title winners who couldn’t full a treble.

The Tunisians, who additionally misplaced to Zamalek within the one-off CAF Tremendous Cup match final month, had been hit by a sequence of suspensions earlier than the second leg of the Champions League conflict.

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Coach Moine Chaabani and his deputy, Mejdi Traoui, had been banned for 4 matches and fined for aggressive behaviour, offensive language and threats after a Three-1 first-leg loss in Cairo.

Captain and center-back Khalil Chemmam obtained a six-match ban and a $40,000 (35,500 euro) fantastic for spitting on the Moroccan match officers and utilizing offensive language.

Midfielder Abdelraouf Benguit acquired a four-match suspension and a $20,000 fantastic for utilizing offensive language towards the referees.

In addition to the person sanctions, Esperance had been fined $10,000 as a result of their supporters threw flares on the Cairo Worldwide Stadium.

Failed CAF Champions League treble bids:


Mazembe (misplaced 5-Three on mixture to Ismailia of Egypt in ultimate)


Enyimba (eradicated after ending third in Group A)


Ahly (misplaced Three-1 on mixture to Etoile Sahel of Tunisia in ultimate)


Mazembe (disqualified after spherical of 32 for fielding ineligible participant)


Ahly (misplaced Four-2 on mixture to Al Ahly Benghazi of Libya in spherical of 16)


Esperance (misplaced Three-2 on mixture to Zamalek of Egypt in quarter-finals)


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