Three-Time CAFCL Winner Finds New Club After Downs Links

Lorenz Kohler
January 11, 2022

Former Esperance forward Taha Yassine Khenissi has joined Kuwait SC after Mamelodi Sundowns stalled on his potential signing.

Khenissi, 30, is a three-time winner of the CAF Champions League with the Tunisian giants and won nine league titles during his time in his homeland.

Added to his incredible list of honours he won the CAF Confederation Cup with CS Sfaxien in 2013 but his reputation took a blow last year when he was banned by CAF for a doping violation.

While the ban has since been overturned, iDiski Times understands Mamelodi Sundowns were offered the chance to sign the 41-time capped Tunisia international in the off-season with both parties keen on the switch.

After initial interest in his services due to his extensive experience on the continent, the club is said to have ‘stalled’ due to concerns about his fitness within a prolonged period of inactivity.

Kaizer Chiefs were also said to have expressed interest after the player expressed his desire for a new challenge amid a contractual dispute with the Tunisia giants.

Sources close to the deal suggested that personal terms were agreed with both Sundowns and Chiefs with Khenissi open to the idea of further his career in South Africa.

However, the Taraji academy graduate has now opted for a move to the Middle East after being lured by his former coach Nabil Maâloul.

The 2011 African Champions League-winning coach joined The Brigadiers in October after short stints with Al Duhail and Syria since leaving Tunisia in 2018.

Khenissi will now embark on his first forway outside his home country after 76 goals and 22 assists to his name in 196 appearances since graduating from the club’s academy in 2009.

Story by Lorenz Köhler (@Lorenz_KO).

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