EST, Raja Casablanca gear up for CAF Super Cup in Doha

Doha:  Tunisia’s Espérance Sportive de Tunis (EST) and Morocco’s Raja Casablanca will be training in Doha today ahead of the CAF Super Cup clash which will take place at the Thani bin Jassim Stadium tomorrow at 7:00pm.

The CAF Super Cup is an annual African association football competition contested between the winners of the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup. The competition was first held in 1993 and is organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Since the game was first established, the CAF Super Cup have been won by teams representing nine countries, namely Egypt, DR Congo, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Al Ahly of Egypt holds the record for winning the title a record six times, followed by cross-city rivals Zamalek and DR Congo’s TP Mazembe with three titles each.

The Tunisian giants will be bidding for their second Caf Super Cup title when they clash with their Moroccan tomorrow at the Al Gharfa Stadium.

Esperance Tunis cause has been strengthened with the return of three key players from injury.

Veteran defender Sameh Derbali and midfielder Ghilane Chalali have recovered from injuries and have made the trip to Doha.

Also, travelling to Qatar is goalkeeper Rami Jridi, back from an injury sustained in a league match against CS Sfaxien nearly two weeks ago.

With Esperance celebrating their centenary this year, Jridi is eyeing to memorably cap the season by delivering the CAF Super Cup.

“We hope to win this continental title to strengthen our title account in an outstanding year in the history of the club,” Jridi was quoted as saying by Turess.

Having last won the CAF Super Cup in 1995, Esperance are bidding for a second-ever title after also finishing as runners-up in 1999 and 2012.

Esperance assistant coach Mejdi Traoui has echoed Jridi’s sentiments of spicing their centenary celebrations although he has predicted a tough challenge from Raja.

“It will not be an easy match,” said Traoui according to Turess.

“It will be a tough match and we need to focus 100 percent on this continental title. The finals have to be won regardless of the performances and require a lot of experience from the players of Esperance.

“We need to be very focused on the game and we will try to win the trophy, especially as the team celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and we look forward to winning as many titles as possible to make the fans happy.” Esperance won the Caf Champions League to earn a ticket to play in the Super Cup while Raja get into this match after being crowned Caf Confederation Cup Champions last season.

Source: The Peninsula