14 May 2018 10:27
Club Africain secured their 13th FA Cup title after beating Etoile du Sahel 4-1 in the final on Sunday in Tunis.
In a match attended by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and other leading officials, Etoile were left at a disadvantage from after just 20 minutes into the game, with the early sending off of midfielder Wajdi Kechrida, who received a second yellow card, just four minutes after his first one.
Club Africain were quick to jump on this opportunity, securing the lead on 37 minutes courtesy Wissem Ben Yahia.
A minute before the break, Alkhaly Bangoura failed to tie the score for Etoile. Bangoura found himself head to head with Club Africain goalkeeper, Saifeddine Charfi, who managed to block his shot.
Six minutes after the break, Saber Khalifa managed to double the score connecting a cross from Ali Abdi.
Things got worse for Etoile and on 63 minutes, Yassine Chamakhi run down the right wing and squared Ghazi Ayedi, who scored the third goal of the match and putting his team in a comfortable lead.
Defender Rami Bedoui reduced the deficit for the Sousse-based club, heading home on 80 minutes.
Club Africain were not done yet and Khalifa nailed the game in stoppage time as the Tunis-based club cruised to the title.
Kais Zouaghi (Assistant Coach, Etoile du Sahel)
It’s a harsh result to lose 4-1 in Rades. We made mistakes. This season is a failure on all aspects. We are all responsible for this loss.
Saber Khalifa (Captain, Club Africain)
We thank God for a remarkable season, after especially after the rough patch we’ve been through. We set up an objective, put our hands together and won the Cup for the second year in a row. We started the game strong, and so did Etoile. We decided ahead of the game to keep pushing no matter what and that’s what made the difference. Everyone gave it their best.