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Moïne Chaâbani reflects on CAF Champions League title triumph

Esperance de Tunisia coach reflects on a very tough week after the Tunisians managed to win their third-ever CAF Champions League title.

Moïne Chaâbani, 37, became one of the youngest managers in history to win the CAF Champions League title after guiding his team to their first title since 2011.

The champions’ manager was in tears during his post match interview with BeIN sports after their victorious win over the Egyptian side as they overcame a 3-1 first leg deficit.

“We overcame very tough circumstances before the game, we were disturbed with suspensions and sudden injuries, in addition to the score of the first leg but now we are the African winners,” Moïne said.

“We thank god for the win in this difficult task, Esperance was not the best team at the start of the tournament, and was not among the candidates for the title from the point of view of the technicians,” he continued.

Esperance were not in their best form during the qualifications from the group stage till the final, losing the top spot in the group to their final contestant Al Ahly and again losing 1-0 to Primerio de Augusto in the first leg of the semi-finals before achieving a 4-2 win in the second leg at home.

“The defeat in the first leg broke us and made us live a whole week in a great nervous strain. I had people in my life that I wish they had come today, but they left our world.,” Chaâbani said as he broke into tears.

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