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Monastir Stun Esperance To Win Tunisian Cup2 minutes read

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Minnows US Monastir pulled off one of the biggest upsets in African football when they upset giants Esperance 2-0 on Sunday 27 September to win the 2019-20 Tunisian FA Cup title, their first-ever trophy since the club’s creation in 1923.

This year’s edition of the cup, the 88th edition, was named after Habib Bourguiba, the first president of the Tunisian Republic. It also marks the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his death.

The final was played at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet in the beautiful coastal city of Monastir.

Having never won any league or cup titles before, US Monastir entered the game as underdogs in comparison to their their more illustrious opponents, four times African champions Esperance.

Monastir took the lead five minutes before halftime. Nigerian international striker and Tunisian Ligue 1 Golden Boot winner Anthony Okpotu put Ali Amri one on one with Esperance goalkeeper Moez Ben Chrifia who managed to save his shot. Ilyes Jelassi followed up the rebound with another effort of his own which defender Abdelkader Bedrane tried to clear it, but ended putting in his own net for an own goal.

After the break, Esperance seemed lethargic and devoid of their usual sharpness as they looked clueless against a feisty and resolute opponent. At the hour mark, Esperance manager Moine Chaabani made three substitutions at once hoping to find the equalizer.

But it was Monastir’s substitute Yassine Amiri who put the game beyond Esperance’s reach after 82 minutes. He controlled a long pass to score past Ben Chrifia and start the celebrations for US Monastir, who finally ended 97 years without a trophy. They will now compete in next season’s CAF Confederation’s Cup, their first ever appearance in CAF continental club competition.

The victory caps what is undoubtedly the best season in the club’s history, as they finished in third place on the league table, their highest ever finish.

The win also denied league champions Esperance from completing a remarkable treble after also winning Tunisian Super Cup last weekend.

One of the oldest teams in Tunisia, Union Sportive Monastirienne, also known as USM, was founded in 1923 under the name Ruspina Sports, it was renamed Union Sportive Monastirienne in 1942.

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West Brom Manager Bilic Unhappy With Hegazi’s Al-Ittihad Move

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Manager of West Bromwich Albion Slaven Bilic has stated how disappointed he is with the transfer of Ahmed Hegazi to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad.

Hegazi made the move to Al-Ittihad on a loan deal, but will sign on a permanent deal at the end of the 2020-2021 season.

The Egyptian defender made the move to West Brom from Egyptian Premier League side Al Ahly in 2017, and has made 104 appearances across all competitions.

Hegazi played an important role as West Brom gained promotion to the English Premier League as he made 14 starts for the club.

Bilic has talked about his frustration after West Brom signed off the loan move that took Hegazi away from the Hawthorns.

“He has experience. He is a top professional,” Bilic said.

“I wanted him to stay and he wanted to stay and then something happened and then he is off although I had assurances from the club that he would stay.

“That happened yesterday. Of course, I am not pleased. I am really disappointed because we need players. There is, of course, the economic side but we are a football club.”

Hegazi wrote an emotional farewell to West Brom and the fans.

“To my dear Baggies, I would like to thank you deeply for all the support you have given me over the past three years, through all the ups and downs. You have been amazing to me and my family,” the Egyptian wrote on Instagram.

“And I have always endeavoured to repay this faith by giving absolutely everything on the pitch for this great club, the fans and my teammates.

“I would also like to thank my teammates, coaches, and all the staff at West Bromwich Albion for welcoming me from day one, you have become family and I will miss you all, I wish you the best of luck for the rest of the season and the future.

“Now I’m looking forward to starting a new challenge with Al Ittihad club, which is one of the biggest and most popular in the Arab region, Asia.”

Al-Ittihad will face Al Ahli in a Pro League game this weekend, and Hegazi might be in line to make his league debut.

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Morocco’s Bouchra Hajij Elected President Of African Volleyball Confederation

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Morocco’s Bouchra Hajij has been elected president of the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB).

Hajij, who is the president of the Royal Moroccan Volleyball Federation, will serve for a four-year term: 2020-2024.

Hajij won the election, which held during the general assembly held Sunday evening via videoconference, after obtaining 42 votes out of 54 national federations, against 12 votes for his Egyptian rival Amr El Wani, president of the CAVB since 2001.

Meanwhile, veteran sports administrator Fredrick Ndlovu has been elected vice president for the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) Zone VI.

Ndlovu, who is a former Matabeleland Volleyball Association chairperson was elected at the CAVB congress.

Ndlovu amassed 37 votes compared to South Africa’s Sundrasagren Reddy who attained 11 votes.

Ndlovu carries with him a wealth of experience which ranges from being president of the zone, secretary general and also Zimbabwe Volleyball Association (ZVA) president.

Full elected Cavb Board

President

Mrs Bouhra Hajij Morocco

Vice President

Zone I

Adnan   BAKBAK Libya

Zone II

Rodrigues   ANTONIO CARLOS Cape Verde

Zone III

Casimir   SAWADOGO Burkina Faso

Zone IV

Dokony Adiker IDRISS

Zone V

Waithaka KIONI Kenya

Zone VI

Fredreck   NDLOVU Zimbabwe

Five Member

  1. Habu GUMEL Nigeria
  2. Sanga Issouf KONE Côte d’Ivoire
  3. Daniel Koboa MOLAODI Botswana

Gender minority

  1. Zone VI Agness Nakaonga KAKOMA Zambia
  2. Zone VI Mpho PALIME Lesotho

President of the seven zones

  1. Zone I Mustapha LEMOUCHI Algeria
  2. Zone II Bai Dodou JALLOW Gambia
  3. Zone III Paul ATCHOE Ghana
  4. Zone IV Christian MATATA SHWITI Congo
  5. Fernand Sauveur RUTERANA
  6. Zone VIKhalid CASSAM Mozambique

Zone

  1. VII Kayseeven TEEROOVENGADUM Mauritius

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Al Ittihad sign Egyptian defender Hegazi

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Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi has completed his move to Saudi Professional League Al Ittihad on an initial loan deal from English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Al Ittihad will have to pay West Brom £3.5 million for a two-year permanent deal at the end of his loan deal.

Hegazi has found playing time difficult to come by at West Brom and will hope his switch to Saudi Arabia might guarantee that.

Hegazi made just one appearance this season in the English Premier League in the sides goalless draw against Burnley last week, playing all 90mins.

Hegazi joins other African stars at Al Ittihad like Wilfried Bony of Ivory Coast, Anice Badri of Tunisia, El Ahmadi of Morocco and Ahmed Eldin of Mali.

Hegazi started his career at Ismaily, and moved to Serie A side Fiorentina in 2012. While playing in Italy, the center-back was sent out on loan to second division side Perugia.

He made his way back to Egypt in 2015, signing for Al Ahly before moving out on loan to West Brom in 2017 before he made a permanent move to the Hawthorns.

Hegazi could make his debut when the Tigers host Al Ahli for their next league fixture at the King Abdullah Sports City over the weekend.

Al Ittihad are yet to win a game in the league this season, picking up a point from two matches so far.

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