31 October 2012

Tunisia/Egypt: Two Giants in 2012 Orange CAF Champions League Final

Photo: CAF Online
Egyptian club, Al Ahly will play Tunisia's Esperance at the Alexandria Burg El Arab Stadium.

Al Ahly and Esperance of Tunis, two big clubs on African football map will meet for the first time in the final of the Orange Champions League. Al Ahly was founded on April 4, 1907, while Esperance Sportive of Tunis was formed on January 15, 1919. Since then the two clubs have continued to win trophies, both nationally and continentally.

While Al Ahly was voted African club of the 20th century, Esperance has been crowned Champions League winners twice and has featured in three other finals. Al Ahly will be playing its ninth Champions League final meanwhile Esperance will be playing her sixth. The clash of the two will thus be that of giants whose result is unpredictable. Esperance will be home for the return of the final, its third consecutive final. The team has a slight advantage, having had an almost regular championship, even though some of the matches were played behind closed doors. The Egyptian club on its part was without domestic competition since the start of February after the Port Said tragedy that claimed the lives of 74 fans.

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