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Esperance coach urges players to focus ahead of Zamalek clashes

Ahram Online , Thursday 6 Feb 2020
Moine Chaabani
File Photo: ES Tunis' coach Moine Chaabani reacts during the CAF Champions League final football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Tunisia's ES Tunis at the Borg el-Arab stadium near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on November 2, 2018. (Photo: AFP)

Esperance de Tunis coach Moine Chaabani requested his players to put aside their previous success in the Champions League and to focus on the upcoming challenges.

Winners of the past two Champions League titles, Esperance will face Zamalek in the African Super Cup on 14 February before meeting them again in the Champions League quarterfinals two weeks later.

Esperance reached the Champions League quarters as group D leaders with 11 points, while Zamalek secured their place in the competition's top eight after ending second in Group A with nine points.

"Reaching the quarters is not an achievement," Chaabani told Radio Mozaique on Thursday.

"The real achievement is to qualify for the final.

"Zamalek are a good team. They won the African title five times and we should be ready for them."

The 38-year-old coach who guided his side to win the Champions League in 2018 and 2019 stressed that Esperance should learn from their defeat in the African Super Cup when they lost to Moroccan side Raja 2-1.

Esperance won the African Super Cup one time in 1994 while Zamalek won the title in 1993, 1997 and 2003.

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