Esperance coach Maher Kanzari says both teams were good with the ball and it doesn’t surprise him why they played a stalemate in the semi-final first-leg of the CAF Champions League on Saturday night at the Orlando Stadium in South Africa.
The Tunisian giants had early chances to score the all important away goal but some poor finishing and great goalkeeping by Orlando Pirates ‘keeper Senzo Meyiwa meant the 2011 CAF Champions League winners had to settle for a draw going to the second-leg at home in fortnight time.
“I am not surprised why a draw is a result today. These are two great teams that contested tonight and they produced exciting football even though there is no winner. We had an early chance when our striker Joseph Yanick Ndjend had only goalkeeper to beat but he was unlucky not to score.” Maher Kanzari told the reporters after the exciting encounter match
The Blood and Gold of Tunisia will send six of their players to participate in the 2014 World Cup qualifier where Tunisia will tackle Cameroon in the first-leg match that will be played a week before the CAF Champions League semi-final second leg and this delights Maher Kanzari who says this will boost the confidence of this players.
The 40-year old coach concluded, “We had problems in our league when our season started and having six of my players with the Tunisian squad will give them confidence going to the second-leg of this tie as I believe this will work to our advantage.
The second-leg will be played on 19th of October in the home of Esperance in the 65 000 seater Stade Olympique de Tunis in the capital of Tunisia.