Esperance coach reveals details of the “incident” which gave the win

Tunisian Esperance coach Moeen Chaabani revealed the reasons that led to his team’s heavy loss, at the hands of Al-Ahly of Egypt, on Saturday evening. Al-Ahly of Egypt scored a 3-0 victory in the CAF Champions League semi-final second leg, over Esperance, to reach the final match after having also won the first leg 1-0. Al-Shaabani stressed that one of the main reasons for the defeat against Al-Ahly, on Saturday, was the direct expulsion of Esperance player Elias Sheti, and the penalty kick for Al-Ahly. Shetty was sent off in the 36th minute after causing a penalty kick, Al-Ahly star Ali Maaloul scored in the 38th minute, before Mohamed Sharif and Hussein Al-Shahat doubled Al-Ahly’s yield in the 56th and 60th minutes. Al-Shaabani said: “We are saddened by the loss, but the penalty kick and the expulsion killed our chances in the match.” He continued: “The expulsion and the penalty kick are the reason for leaving, not the result of the first leg or something else. We were better than Al-Ahly until this moment, and we will have the sportsmanship and say congratulations to Al-Ahly and we will return stronger next season.” He added, “We could not keep up with Al-Ahly physically due to the numerical shortage, but we presented one of our best performances ever this season, and if we managed to score a goal at the beginning, we could qualify and the expulsion prevented us from returning in the result.” He concluded by saying: “I am a professional coach and I gave Esperance all my strength and I did not give up anything and accept the change despite the size of the changes that occurred in the team. I am always under the command of Esperance, but after the end of the match is not the right time to talk about my future.”

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