“Africa under control”; a huge banner lifted by Esperance supporters in their last home group stage game in this season’s Total CAF Champions League, reflecting the feelings of the “Sang et Or” faithful fans after seeing their side conquering the continent for two successive years.
Winning back to back CAF Champions League titles in 2018 and 2018/19 was the best ever way Esperance could celebrate their centenary year with. They doubled their tally in the continent’s premier club competition and cemented their status as one of Africa’s greatest clubs, raising their share of CAF trophies to seven in all competitions.
Four CAF Champions League titles, and one in each of CAF Super Cup and the defunct CAF Cup Winners’ Cup and CAF Cup are the highlights of Esperance’s long continental campaign, since they first took part in a CAF competition back in the 1971 African Cup of Champions Clubs (now CAF Champions League)
Full Name: Esperance Sportive de Tunis
Nickname: Blood and Gold
Chairman: Hamdi Meddeb
Coach: Moine Chaabani
Domestic titles: Tunisian Professional League (29 times) – Tunisian Cup (15 times) – Tunisian Super Cup (4 times)
Esperance CAF titles:
CAF Champions League: 4 times (1994, 2011, 2018, 2018/19)
CAF Super Cup: Once (1995)
CAF Cup Winners’ Cup: Once (1998)
CAF Cup: Once (1997)
But they are now facing a new mission of ending a jinx that had haunted them for more than two decades.
Out of four previous CAF Super Cup appearances, Esperance only won in their first attempt back in 1995, failing three successive times afterwards. They will hope to end this long drought when they take on the 2018/19 Total CAF Confederation Cup champions Zamalek of Egypt in Doha, Qatar this Friday (14 February 2020)
Esperance previous CAF Super Cup participations:
Alexandria 1995 Esperance 3-0 DC Motema Pembe (DR Congo)
Abidjan 1999 ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire) 3-1 Esperance
Rades 2012 Maghreb Fez (Morocco) 1-1 (4-3 on penalties) Esperance
Doha 2019 Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 2-1 Esperance
What they said?
Moine Chaabani (Coach, Esperance)
“Zamalek is a great team, they are five times African champions. But we are the last two seasons’ champions and a great team as well. It’s going to be an interesting duel.
“We are not thinking of our CAF Champions League encounter now, all what’s in our minds is the Super Cup game. I warned my players that this is not going to be an easy game. We have to take the lessons from what happened last year when we lost to Raja in Doha.
“Esperance hasn’t won this cup since 1995. We will give our best to return home with the trophy this time.