CAF Champions League:It’s not yet over, no room for easy ride – Cardoso

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~ First leg experience

~ 2nd leg stakes raise high

~ Hopeful Cardoso


Esperance coach Miguel Cardoso is facing a crucial test of his resolve and tactical acumen as his team prepares to go head-to-head with Al Ahly in the return leg final of the CAF Champions League. With the first leg in Tunisia ending in a goalless stalemate, the stakes are high as both teams look to seize the advantage and claim the prestigious title.

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Despite the pressure and uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the match, Cardoso remains resolute and determined not to lose hope. The Portuguese manager is well aware of the challenges that lie ahead but is committed to leading his team to victory, regardless of the obstacles they may face.

The reverse tie

The first leg encounter between Esperance and Al Ahly was a tightly contested affair, with both teams showcasing their defensive solidity and tactical discipline. The match turned into a tactical chess match in Rades, with defences coming out on top and chances at a premium.

One of the standout performers in the first leg was the young goalkeeper who stepped in for the injured Mohamed El Shenawy for Al Ahly, as well as the replacement for the injured Moez Ben Cherifia for Esperance. These goalkeepers, who were relatively unknown prior to the match, rose to the occasion and impressed with their shot-stopping abilities and composure under pressure.

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As the two teams prepare to face off once again in the return leg final, Cardoso will be looking to make the most of his tactical acumen and motivate his players to deliver a performance worthy of the title. With the tie delicately poised and everything to play for, Esperance will be counting on their coach to inspire them to victory and overcome the formidable challenge posed by Al Ahly.

Stakes raise high

In the high-stakes world of African football, where success and failure can hinge on the finest margins, Cardoso’s ability to keep the faith and instill belief in his team will be crucial as Esperance look to make history and clinch the CAF Champions League title.


His unwavering determination and strategic prowess will be put to the test on Saturday, as the fate of the competition hangs in the balance and the eyes of the footballing world turn to the showdown between Esperance and Al Ahly.

Cardoso hasn’t lost hope

Cardoso, who has rebuilt his managerial reputation in Tunisia after a torrid stint at AEK Athens, is similarly wary of the challenge awaiting his side.

“We were unable to capitalise on our chances in the first leg,” the Portuguese said. “Hopefully it’ll be a different story in Cairo. It was disappointing not being able to exploit home advantage, but this final is far from settled.”

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