Both sides have more than a 100 years of history. But all over these years, only two players wore the shirt of both clubs.
Continental giants Esperance of Tunisia and Zamalek of Egypt lock horns this Friday (14 February 2020) at the Thani bin Jassim Stadium (Al-Gharrafa Stadium) in Doha, Qatar with the 2020 Total CAF Super Cup at stake. And here we take a look on players who donned the shirts of both sides, namely the Tunisian duo Wissem Abdi and Ferjani Sassi.
After excelling with Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien whom he guided to 2006 CAF Champions League final for the first time in their history before losing the title in the last minute to Al Ahly, Abdi joined Zamalek in January 2007. The defender donned the famous white shirt for two seasons without much success, before returning home to join Esperance in January 2009.
With the Blood and Gold side, Abdi won three consecutive Tunisian League titles, and was a part of the 2011 CAF Champions League winning squad. He hanged his boots in 2011.
Considered one of Zamalek’s most important current players, Sassi started his career with Sfaxien (like Abdi), before joining French side Metz in 2015.
After one season he returned to join Esperance in July 2016. He won two League titles and a Tunisian Cup medal with Esperance, before leaving to Saudi side Al Nasr in January 2018.
In July 2018 Sassi joined Zamalek and quickly established himself as a fans’ favorite. Nicknamed “Midfield Maestro”, he guided Zamalek to Egypt Cup title, before playing an influential role in Zamalek’s triumphant 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup campaign, despite missing the final through ankle injury.