Esperance enthusiastic ahead of Ahly clash after clinching the 'double'

Eslam Omar, Tuesday 26 Jul 2011

Tunisian side Esperance follow up their title win with the cup, leaving them confident ahead of their African celebratory match against Egyptians Ahly

The technical staff andf players celebrating league title with no fans

Esperance clinched the first Tunisia Cup since the country's revolution after beating rivals E. S. Sahel 1-0 on Monday at the Rades stadium.

The match's only goal was scored by Osama Darragi in the 42th minute.

”We dominated in the field proving that we are the best,” said coach Nabil Maaloul, the third manager for Esperance this season after Benzarti and Kanzari, after the game.

This is the second domestic championship for Esperance this season who won the Tunisian league, finishing five points ahead of the same opponents.

“We earned the double title and we are eyeing the third,” Maaloul added.

The Tunisian giants’ morale is higher now ahead of their continental clash with Egyptian champions Ahly on Saturday in the group stage of African Champions League.

The president of Esperance, Hamdi Al Mouadab, announced Sunday that the club wants to celebrate their championships with revolution-brothers Ahly.

Esperance defeated Ahly in the last edition of CAF champions’ league reaching the final but lost the title for T. P. Mazembe of Dr. Congo.

Beside Ahly and Esperance, Group B also holds two other Arab sides; Algeria’s MC Alger and Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco. The four teams are level with a solitary point each.

Ahly's delegation is to fly Thursday under the leadership of President Hassan Hamdy.

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