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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.
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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:

1969

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

2005

Enyimba (eradicated after ending third in Group A)

2007

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

2011

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

2014

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

2020

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

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