Stage set for Zamalek, Esperance Sportive de Tunis clash at CAF Super Cup
The stage is set for the Confederation of African Football (CAF)-organized one-off Super Cup game between Tunisia's Esperance Sportive de Tunis, winners of the previous CAF Champions League and Egypt's Zamalek SC, victors from the CAF Confederation Cup, to be held at the Thani Bin Jassim Stadium (Al Gharafa Sports Club) today.
Qatar Football Association (QFA) is hosting the Super Cup for three consecutive times, following a previous agreement with CAF, and Friday's match marks the second contest of the agreed deal.
The two teams are already in town for the clash with the Cairo-based club, managed by Patrice Carteron, the first to touch down in the Qatari capital on Tuesday afternoon. They were met at the airport by officials of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).
The delegation made up of players and officials were escorted to their hotel following their smooth arrival for the important match.
Esperance, coached by Moine Chaabani, arrived in Doha later that day and were given a similar welcome before heading to their hotel.
Both sides arrive in Qatar following strong starts to their respective domestic campaigns as Esperance top the Tunisian top flight with Zamalek in third place in the Egyptian Premier League with Cairo rivals Al-Ahly unstoppable at the summit with 14 wins from 14 games.
The one-off annual match is organized by CAF between the winners of the previous Total CAF Champions League and the Total CAF Confederation Cup.
This year's CAF Super Cup will be the 28th edition of the one-off match. Esperance have won the title once (in 1994) while Zamalek are three-time champions (1993, 1997 and 2003).
Tickets are already sold out for the encounter which is scheduled to kick off at 7:00 pm (Qatar time).
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