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Esperance Coach Discusses Sundowns CAFCL Semi-Final

Esperance Sportive de Tunis head coach Miguel Cardoso says they are confident in themselves ahead of the semi-final against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Esperance beat ASEC Mimosas 4-2 on penalties in Abidjan this weekend after the two-legged quarter-final ended goalless.

They’ve now been pitted against Sundowns, with the winner of the tie advancing to the final of the CAF Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.

“The preparation will continue now to be ready for Sundowns in two weeks, it will be a different story [against them compared to ASEC], but we’re confident in our abilities,” Cardoso said after the win in at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny.

“I thank my players who worked hard and made the dreams of our supporters possible, and they showed solidarity and courage throughout the match.”

The former Celta Vigo head coach went on to praise the club’s President Hamdi Meddeb for the investment into the club since his arrival in January.

André Bukia was lured from Arouca in Portugal, Togo international star Roger Ahoulou from Raja Atheltic Club and over R16-million was spent in the pre-season on new arrivals.

“I know that the president has invested enormously in building this team,” he said.

“I’m taking this opportunity to dedicate this qualification to him and personally; I’m very happy to have contributed to it [reaching the last-four of the Champions League].”

Cardoso has won six games and drawn two since taking charge of Taraji when he succeeded Tarek Thabet in January.

The first leg will take place in Tunis on Friday, 19 April and return leg at Loftus Versfeld on 26 April.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.