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 Football from Tunisia, North Africa
where can I find the actual results first?
- match reports on some selected matches including live-ticker coverages
The Shot Live
- club portraits in the near future on this site (bookmark it!)
- the best African soccer news portals:
- the official source:
- the best background reports:
African Soccer
(printed magazine available in many countries)
where can I find the stats of the past?
RSSSF archives: The African Champions Cup
RSSSF archives: African club competitions
In English language media underrepresented are news and background stories from the arabic speaking North African football world. 
But this is unrelated to the importance of that area in African football: 
It is the most developed and most successful region in African club football, it has a strong position inside the Confederation of African Football, and is similarly in African competitions for National teams.

Tunisia is in the center of this with the country the designated hosts of the African Nations Cup 2004 and Espérance Tunis repeated bids for the crown of African Football as well as their attempts to compete with medium size European clubs to be a stage for big African and even Brazilian talents on their way to the top of Europe.

Mourad Tayeb, a guest writer, for 'The Shot' has been so kind to write some background stories and hopefully will add some more to make us know more about important developments.

There are two stories up to now:

- Towards a Keitagate?
Abdelkader Keita has been a star in many The-Shot reports from the African Champions League and last years Cup Winners Cup for the Ivorian club Africa Sports. Now all three top Tunisian clubs have been involved in a wrangle about him. That comes in a time where Esperance Tunis' African role becomes increasingly critically observed in African media. 
Mourad Tayeb describes the situation mid-december 2000... 

- Esperance Tunis before the Champions League final
On the background of the upcoming Champions League Final, Mourad Tayeb portraits Esperance and their perspectives


Keita in CSS, Keita in CA, KK in ESS...
Those were the headlines of the local press as from last August.
Announced here and there, with new opposing rumours of contacts, 
negotiations, and huge money introduced every now and then, the “serial” of 
Africa Sport’ s star Abdelkader KEITA with Tunisian clubs came at last to an end: he finally and officially  opted for Etoile Sportive du Sahel (ESS), 
with which he signed a due license and a four-year professional contract 
whose value was not delivered but must not be as high as it could be 
Immediately after ESS, Kader KEITA, and his father unveiled the agreement, Espérance S.T claimed its “plain right over the player”, with “official 
documents” (a transfer protocol signed by Africa’s Manager) in the backing.
What is thought the outcome of the Keita affair turned, in fact, to be only 
the start of it.
“Africa Sport, in the name of its president, gave us a duly signed document 
proving their consent to transfer Kader to Espérance, at the end Champions 
League”, Said Mahmoud BABBOU, Espérance’s Vice Chairman to a press 
conference. “This document served us, the Sports Ministry, as well as the 
Central Bank [of Tunisia] as a proof to transfer the consented $US 300.000 
to Africa’s account”, he added.
Espérance “is no longer in need of Kader Keita” Mr. Babbou pointed out, “but we will defend our rights to the end”.
Etoile management retorted only to stress that, first, it is “the player’s 
willingness and deliberate choice to play for ESS”, and ,second, it was 
Etoile that preceded all other teams, “including some European”, according 
to Othmane JENAIEH (Etoile’s president), in soliciting Keita’s services; and 
that was, Jenaieh declared, “since December 1999”, when Kader Keita 
accompanied his team for the Cup Winners Cup final match against Club 
Keita has already started trainings with his new team and declared that his 
situation in Etoile is “ideal and 100% legal”
To follow!!

Esperance before the Final

Today, Saturday, in Tunis, Ghana's Hearts of Oak meet Espérance Sportive 
of Tunisia in the first leg of the Champions' League final. The return leg 
will be played in Accra on December 17.
Lady luck and a combination of remarkable factors shot Espérance Sportive of Tunis to their second successive CAF Champions' League final. But now 
they're there, the Tunisian champions are determined not to let slip - for 
the second time - the big prize of a place in the FIFA Club World Championship in Spain next year.
Going into Saturday's home leg, before the fanatical supporters of the El 
Menzah stadium in Tunis, Espérance must feel there is a breath of destiny 
over their participation in this year's competition.
If Djoliba of Mali had not had a goal disallowed in the final minutes of 
their second-round tie in Bamako, when the Tunisians held a 4-3 lead...
If a political crisis in Abidjan had not forced delay of the crucial Group A 
match between Africa Sports and Mamelodi Sundowns, as a result of which the South Africans arrived in disarray after a nightmare journey and crashed 
If club chairman Slim Chiboub had not changed the technical staff in August and young Ali Lahmar not crashed home a late winning goal in Yaoundé against Sable Batie of Cameroon...
If any of these things had not happened, Espérance would not have fought 
back from the dead to claim the superior goal difference that won them a 
place in the final ahead of Sundowns. But living up to a tradition that has 
seen north African sides win the continent's most prestigious club 
competition 14 out of the last 16 times, surrender is not part of the Blood 
and Golds' vocabulary.
A year ago, Espérance went into another Champions' League final, this time
against Raja Casablanca of Morocco. Holding their opponents 0-0 in the first leg in Casablanca, they made the mistake of thinking their name was already on the trophy. But the goals failed to come, and after another barren draw in Tunis it was Raja, rather than Espérance, who went through on penalties and flew the African standard at the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil.
The credit for their remarkable recovery goes to two men, Chiboub and 
Youssef Zouaoui - the former for having had the courage to correct his error 
by restoring the latter to his post as coach.
Smarting from the 1999 Champions' League debacle, Chiboub sacked Zouaoui in June and brought in Anton Piechniczek, who had had a spell with the club 12 years ago. The move misfired, as the Pole angered fans by transferring the club's defensive bulwark, Khaled Badra, to Turkish side Denizlispor and introducing new tactics that left the side looking unusually vulnerable in national and international games.
Chiboub acted swiftly, bringing back Zouaoui and thereby restoring the 
side's soul and fighting spirit.
Zouaoui's strategies, which include bolstering the defence and giving 
emerging players a chance to express themselves, has paid off handsomely with youngsters Kanzari, Walid Azaiez, Taoufik Hammami and precocious 
20-year-old striker Bilal Lahmer taking their place in the limelight.
Team morale has been on a high since they defeated Africa Sports 2-0 in the final group game, as testified by veteran goalkeeper and Tunisian football institution Chokri El Ouaer, the team skipper. "Big teams don't die," he 
proclaims. "Our fantastic recovery after a serious of poor performances is 
proof. We are back, stronger, focused and determined to make up for last 
Fans and players alike know that nothing less than a win in the home leg 
will give them a chance when they travel to Accra for the clincher in two 
weeks' time. The ideal would be a two- or three-goal margin, with none 
Given the quality of the Ghanaian strike force, that may be a vain hope. But 
whatever the outcome, Espérance have only one goal in mind: to wipe out last year's bitter memories, and go on to world glory in Spain.


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