Friday 6 March 2020
Zamalek is heading towards the Olympic stadium of Brads, with a two-goal lead ahead of a Tunisian Esperance guest on Friday evening in the second leg of the African Champions League quarter-finals, in order to reach the golden square of the competition after winning in Cairo (3-1).
Al-Hasm will record tonight the first visit of Zamalek to the stadium of Rades, which witnessed the culmination of Esperance with the last two copies of the Champions League, which will witness a full number crowd in its stands in order to support the owners of the land in front of the Egyptian knight.
Zamalek represents a historic knot for Esperance, as it achieved six wins out of 10 clashes that brought it together with the “blood and gold” team in all competitions, against a tie on three occasions and defeat in a single match.
The 2002 edition champion hopes to recover the memories of the victory over Esperance in Tunisia, which was achieved by many Egyptian clubs, such as Al-Ahly, Ismaili and Al-Ittihad Alexandria.
Yalla Koura reviews the fingerprints of Egyptian clubs in Tunisia in front of Esperance:
Al-Ahly is the champion of the 2013 edition and has the most number of titles in the Champions League (8 times). It is the only Egyptian team that faced Esperance in Rades in the African competition, to achieve half of the Egyptian victories over Esperance in Tunisia.
Al-Ahly was crowned with two of the last four titles in the Stade de Rades, after defeating Al-Sfaxi with a clean goal in 2006 in the second leg of the final match after a tie (1-1) back, before defeating Esperance (2-1) in 2012 after the tie (1-1) Also.
The Red Genie defeated Esperance Brads 4 times in the last 5 visits, the first of which was in the 2012 Africa Final (1-2), the group stage of the Confederation 2015 (0-1), the Africa Quarter-Final 2017 (1-2) and finally the group stage of Africa 2018 ( 0-1).
Zamalek have won two consecutive victories in Tunisia over Esperance, both in the group stage of the Menzah stadium, the first in the Arab Championship in 2004, and the second in the African Champions League in 2005.
Zamalek defeated Esperance in Tunisia with two goals versus a goal in February 2004, scored for Zamalek Mahmoud Mahmoud and Sameh Youssef, and scored for Tarji Radhi Al-Jaidi.
Then, Zamalek returned a year later to Tunisia to win the same score on Esperance in the Champions League in July 2005, as El Abyad turned his back on goal by Frank Oliveira to win the feet of the fox Hazem Imam and Ghanaian Olli Kwai Junior.
Zamalek hopes to repeat the same scenario that Ismaili achieved against Esperance in the Africa semi-final in 2003, where the Dervish qualified for the final match of the competition after winning back to the result achieved by Zamalek (3-1) and back with the same result.
Al-Ismaili cut the ribbon of the Egyptian clubs’ victories on the Tunisian club’s lands, when the Dervish beat Esperance in the Al-Shazly stadium Zwiten in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Clubs Champions League 1995 with a score of 1-0 with the goal of Majdi Al-Sayad.
Then Ismaili defeated Esperance in the Menzah stadium in the 2003 CAF Champions League semi-final (3-1), the same result of the first-leg match in Ismailia, and the Dervish trio was scored by Ahmed Fathi, Abdul Rahman Traore and Mohamed Mohsen Abu Jerisha.
The Alexandrian Federation:
Al-Ittihad of Alexandria is the other Egyptian team that faced Esperance in Rades but in the Arab Championship, where the Al-Thaghr leader qualified for the 16th round of the last edition of the championship, “Zayed Cup for Clubs Champions” at the expense of the Blood and Gold Team.
Al-Ittihad managed to achieve a positive result in Rades by drawing away from its home field against the defending champions with two goals for each team in the second leg of the competition in the September of 2018, after it was tied to go (1-1) in the Alexandria Stadium.
Esperance drew two goals at home, toppling it from the championship that achieved its title in the season (2017-18), so that the Alexandrian Federation qualified for the final price.