By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
The 2019 African Champions League winners Esperance of Tunis will attempt to claim their first African Super Cup title since 1995 when they challenge reigning CAF Confederations Cup Champions Zamalek of Cairo, this Friday evening in Al-Rayann on the outskirts of Doha.
Esperance who are back-to-back African Champions League winners, lost the last Super Cup final to Morocco’s Raja of Casablanca. They will to looking to avoid two consecutive defeats.
Moïne Chaâbani’s team is a fine form, looking poised to claim a fourth consecutive domestic league title in Tunisia. They finished fifth in the last FIFA Club’s World Cup that took place in Doha.
Chaâbani can count on Tunisian international goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia to provide a sure pair of hands between the sticks. Ivorian midfielder Fosenny Koulibaly is the man expected to call the shots in the middle of the pack. Up front, they will expect Libyan winger Hamdou Elhouni to show the form he has been displaying lately both in the Tunisian domestic league and during the FIFA Club’s World Cup. Forward Taha Yassin- Khenissi will be expected to lead the line for the four times African Champions League winners.
Egyptian giants Zamalek of Cairo will be chasing a fourth triumph in the CAF Super Cup, following wins in 1994, 1997 and 2003. Zamalek made it a clean sweep in Continental club football competitions when they lifted their first ever CAF Confederations Cup title at the expense ambitious Moroccan side Renaissance Sportive Berkane after post-match penalties. That win ended a-16-year wait for Continental glory for the White Knights.
Zamalek’s coach Patrice Carteron led Raja of Casablanca in their win over Esperance of Tunis in last year’s CAF Super Cup. He definitely has a recipe under his sleeves to undo a team that is considered by many as the best on the continent right now.
Zamalek are only third on the Egyptian league table, with 11 points separating them from league leaders and eternal rivals Al Ahly. They however, managed to win the domestic cup last season, beating Pyramids with a comprehensive 3-0 margin.
Tunisian international Ferjani Sassi now of Zamalek will be facing his former employers. He is one of the key men for Patrice Carteron’s team. Ferjani should be partnered in midfield by the reigning African based African player of the year Tarek Hamed.
Zamalek’s leading goal scorer, and U-23 international, Mostafa Mohammed should lead the line.
Highly gifted Moroccan winger Anchraf Bencharki is another player they will expect to rise up to the occasion.
This will be the second time that Qatar is hosting the CAF Super Cup, after signing an agreement with CAF that will see Qatar play hosts to three CAF Super Cup finals.
The 28th CAF Super Cup finals promises to be a very entertaining game as two of Africa’s heavyweight clash for continental glory.
Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
Kickoff: 17:00 CET
Venue: Thani Bin Jassim Stadium
Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Zakhele Siwela (South Africa) and Souru Phatsoane (Lesotho)
Fourth Official: Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal)
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