Al Ahly earned their victory over Esperance, says Nabil Maaloul
As Al Ahly secured a crucial win over Tunisia’s Esperance in the first-leg game of the CAF Champions League final, former Tunisian national team manager Nabil Maaloul assured that Esperance did not deserve to win the game.
The Red Devils are one step closer to clinch their ninth CAF Champions League title after a dramatic 3-1 victory over Esperance Sportive de Tunis at Borg El-Arab, one week before travelling to face them at Stade Olympique de Radès.
Algerian referee Mehdi Abid Charef awarded three penalties [two to Al Ahly] and booked both Dhaouadi and Kom, who will now miss the return leg in Rades next Friday, which led Esperance coach Mounie Chaabani to blame Charef for the loss.
“Al Ahly deserved to win the game because they were better. Esperance did not play well,” Nabil Maaloul told MBC Masr TV channel.
“In my opinion, the referee shouldn’t have awarded Al Ahly the first penalty kick. But regardless of the referee’s decisions, the Egyptian side was mostly better.
“Fousseny Coulibaly was barely there, in addition to a number of players who were not in a good form, therefore, Al Ahly earned their victory.”
The former national team coach added that it was important to stop Al Ahly’s Walid Soliman as he is currently in his best form with the team.
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