Esperance of Tunisia overturned a 3-1 deficit in the first leg of the CAF Champions League to defeat Al Alhy of Egypt 3-0 in the second leg at the Rades Stadium on Friday night.
Esperance unsung hero, Anice Badri scored the decisive goal to hand the Tunisian side its third CAF Champions League title as the game ended 4-3 on aggregate.
A tensed first leg saw Al-Alhy travelled to Tunisia with a two-goal lead in their bag with the hope of winning the title but a dominant performance by the home team brought to an end a 10 game winless streak against Al Alhy in CAF competitions since July 2011.
Esperance who were furious following the cruel on and off pitch treatment they received in the first leg in Egypt, allowed maturity to reign by not plotting a revenge against their Maghrebian brothers in the presence of about 60,000 home fans.
The host took the lead through Saad Bquir in the stoppage time of the first half as his shot beat Al Alhy goalkeeper to give them the confidence of a possible comeback as the aggregate was reduced to 3-2.
Bquir went on to fire the hosts front again in the 54th minute as he nodded home a cross from a Sameh Derbali’s cross to level the aggregate 3-3 with an away goal advantage already giving them the title.
Al Alhy knew a goal could rescue them and started pushing to score and run away with the title but Esperance were not done yet scoring as Badri intercepted a pass in midfield and went on a solo to slot in the ball beyond doubt in the 86th minute to bring the final agreegate to 4-3.
Esperance will now represent Africa in the FIFA World Club Cup next month.