Who will win the African Champions League?

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Sunday, December 5th, 2010
 

The African Champions League final takes place this weekend. Holders of the trophy TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo will face Tunisian side Esperance. The tie promises to be a competitive affair as both teams came through tough semi final matches to reach the final.

Most Mazembe players will be familiar with the pressures of playing in the final having won the African Super Cup earlier this year. Will this prove to be the difference between the two sides?

Well, the onus will be on Esperance to cause an upset. The Tunisian side came from behind to win their semi final against Egyptian side Al Ahly – a team that has won the trophy three times in the last five years, and reached the final on four occasions in the same time span. That’s surely given the Esperance players a major boost in confidence or so it would seem.

However, from a neutral’s perspective perhaps, Esperance are lucky to be in the final. Skipper Michael Eneramo appeared to score a crucial goal with the help of a hand in the return leg of the semi final. The incident has, again, raised the debate of video refereeing and goal line technology, but without such luxuries in the European game, its hard to imagine FIFA granting African football it’s wish.

The first leg of the final will take place on Sunday in the Congo, with the return leg held in Tunisia on the thirteenth of November. The winner of the tie will represent Africa in the World Club Championships this December, competing against the likes of Inter Milan and South American champions Internacional of Brazil.

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