Esperance, Wydad in CAF Champions League final

Wydad will host Esperance on May 24 or 25 with the return match on May 31 or June
Esperance’s team pose before the first leg of the CAF champion’s league semi final football match between Tunisia’s Esperance Tunis and DR Congo’s Tout Puissant Mazembe at the Olympic stadium of Rades on April 27, 2019. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP)

Esperance of Tunisia and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco qualified for the CAF Champions League final Saturday, setting up a third consecutive title decider between north African clubs.

Trophy-holders Esperance drew 0-0 away to TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo in a semi-final second leg to advance 1-0 on aggregate.

Wydad proved equally strong defensively to force a 0-0 stalemate away to Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and progressed 2-1 overall.

It will be the second Champions League final between Esperance and Wydad with the Tunisians winning 1-0 on aggregate in 2011.

In the previous two finals, Wydad and Esperance defeated record eight-time African champions Al Ahly of Egypt in all-north African affairs.

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Wydad will host Esperance on May 24 or 25 with the return match on May 31 or June 1 and the champions pocket $2.5 million (2.2 mn euros).

Esperance, hoping to become the first back-to-back winners of the elite African club competition since Ahly in 2012 and 2013, showed little appetite for adventure.

The Tunis outfit, who celebrated their 100th birthday four months ago, have reached the final by winning seven matches, drawing three, scoring 16 goals and conceding only five.


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