CAFCL 2024

Ahly vs EST: The Blood and Gold on an Ambitious Mission in Cairo

Arrival of the blood and gold players in Cairo to play the second leg final of the CAF Champions League. (Photo Taraji+)
Arrival of the blood and gold players in Cairo to play the second leg final of the CAF Champions League. (Photo Taraji+)


Despite the indecisive first leg (0-0), the Blood and Gold left Tunis this afternoon with their heads held high and their hearts filled with unwavering determination. Aware of the difficulty of the task ahead of them against Al Ahly in this CAF Champions League final return match, the Espérance Sportive de Tunis players are displaying exemplary confidence and solidarity.

"We have 'nothing to lose' and are ready to 'give everything'!," is the leitmotif that drives the Blood and Gold delegation, 23 players strong, selected by coach Cardoso to defend the club's colors:

Goalkeepers: Memmiche, Ben Chérifia, Debchi,
Defenders: Meriah, Tougai, Amamou, Ben Ali, Bouchniba, Ben Hamida,
Midfielders: Ouahabi, Aholou, Ogbelu, Chaâlali, Tka, Ayeb, Derbali,
Attackers: Sasse, Ghacha, Bouguerra, Bukia, Ben Hammouda, Sowe and Rodrigues.

A Warm Welcome and Supporters in Force

As soon as they arrived in Cairo, the Blood and Gold, led by Mr. Riadh Bennour in the absence of President Hamdi Meddeb, who was held back for family reasons, were warmly welcomed by their Al Ahly counterparts, headed by President Mahmoud El Khatib. A few Espérance supporters, who had made the trip despite the obstacles, were also present to give their unwavering support to their team.

After this welcome, the players joined their hotel to loosen up, have dinner and rest before Saturday's big game.

Unprecedented Enthusiasm Among Supporters

Meanwhile, Espérance Sportive de Tunis supporters continue to flock to Cairo in their thousands. Al Ahly leaders have already promised to facilitate access to the stadium so that the Blood and Gold can count on the massive support of their fans during this match.

The atmosphere is electric in Cairo, where the supporters of the two clubs are vibrating to the rhythm of this historic final. The tension is palpable, but the determination of the Blood and Gold is unwavering. They are ready to give their all to bring the coveted trophy back to Tunis.

Rendezvous on Saturday evening for a match that promises to be rich in emotions and spectacle!