Espérance, Al Ahly set for heavyweight battle in Tunis

Espérance, Al Ahly set for heavyweight battle in Tunis
Al Ahly's Ayman Ashraf (L) in action against Esperance Sportive de Tunis' Taha Yassine Khenissi (R)

by Bertin Basson

Friday Aug 17, 2018. 13:16

Espérance de Tunis will be eager to keep their unbeaten record in the group stages of the 2018 CAF Champions League intact when they welcome Al Ahly to the Stade Olympique de Radès on Friday evening.

Kick-off is at 21h00 CAT.

The Tunisian giants and two-time CAFCL champions have already qualified for the knockout stages and currently sit on 10 points atop Group A.

Espérance held Al Ahly to a goalless draw in the reverse fixture in Alexandria before recording three successive victories and know at fourth will confirm them as group winners.

Al Ahly, who have won Africa's premier club competition a record eight times, recovered from a shock 2-0 defeat away to KCCA in Uganda with wins home and away over Botswana's Township Rollers.

Former TP Mazembe boss Patrice Carteron has done wonders in steadying the Egyptian giants ship since his appointment back in June, and despite being without captain Hossam Ashour for the clash they will fancy their changes in Tunisia.

The two teams notable went toe-to-toe in the 2012 CAF Champions League final with Al Ahly emerging 3-2 aggregate winners over two legs.

Eric Otogo-Castane of Gabon will take charge of the clash.



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