10 January, 2020 - 13:41

Esperance hope to write history in 2020

In both 2018 and 2019, it was Esperance de Tunis who won the CAF Champions League, the most prestigious club tournament in Africa. Obviously the Tunisian team would like to defend their title in the new season and to become the best club of the continent for the third consecutive year, something which no African team have ever achieved before.

Esperance have considerably changed their squad in summer. As many as 11 players left the team, including a number of key figures, but selling them helped the team to earn good money and the Tunisian club replaced them by multiple newcomers. The coach is still the same, Moin Chaabani, and his players have already enjoyed some success in the 2019/20 season.

In the CAF Champions League, they have only played two matches, but celebrated victories in both: at Raja Casablanca (2-0) and at home against JS Kabylie (1-0). Of course the team still have a long way to go before the final match on 29 May, yet the big hope is there, and Esperance are determined to do their best. While you can make your bet on their chances to win the title, free spins no deposit 2020 in South Africa is another great chance to earn a lot of money.

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That said, the 2019 FIFA World Cup in Doha was pretty much a frustration for the Tunisian champions. They opened the competition in the second round and suffered a 1-0 defeat against Asia’s top side, Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia. Esperance went on to thrash Qatar’s Al-Sadd in the match for fifth place (5-2), but it was merely a consolation.

However, the Tunisian side still cherish their memories from the two consecutive CAF Champions League titles. In 2018, they lost the first leg match at Al-Ahly (1-3), but took a confident home revenge against the Egyptian side, 3-0, thanks to Saad Bguir’s brace and Anice Badri’s third goal.

A year later, the road to success was more complicated. After narrowly defeating DR Congo’s TP Mazembe in the semi-final (1-0, 0-0), Esperance had to clash with Wydad Casablanca in the final matches. The first game in Morocco ended in a 1-1 draw, and the second leg in Tunisia was abandoned an hour into the game with 1-0 to Esperance. Wydad players refused to continue the game and walked off the pitch after a VAR malfunction meant that the referee could not review their disallowed equalizer.

A long legal battle followed, and only in August the Tunisian team were officially declared the winners of the game - and therefore of the whole competition. This it actually the fourth CAF Champions League title in Esperance’s history after 1994, 2011 and 2018. The name of the North African club is translated as “hope” from French, and Esperance definitely harbor hopes to write some more glorious pages in their history - preferably already in 2020.

LuckyVegas Casino gives an opportunity to everyone to improve their financial situation, while African clubs earn good money when they claim international titles. In fact, only three clubs have won Africa’s premier club competition more times than Esperance - Al Ahly (eight), TP Mazembe (five) and Zamalek (also five). In case the Tunisian side make a hat-trick of titles, they will catch up Mazembe and Zamalek in the next year and further strengthen their reputation as one of the heavyweights of the African club football.

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