Esperance complete treble with African Club Championship win

Tunisia end Egypt’s five-year reign

Tunisian club Esperance were rewarded for an exceptional season with a historic continental treble following their 2021 African Men’s Club Championship title triumph.

After clinching the Tunisian League and Cup titles, Esperance completed their continental championship campaign run with a straight-set (25-20, 25-23, 25-10) win over Egyptian side Zamalek on Tuesday at Sidi Bousaid Hall in Tunis.

Esperance’s victory ended the five-year dominance of Egyptian sides in the continental club championship. It also marked their first return to the top of the podium since 2014 and improved their record to five title wins. They also won the 1994, 1998 and 2000 titles.

Meanwhile, Swehly of Libya claimed their first ever continental club championship medal after a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-19) win over Tunisian club Kelibia in the bronze medal match.

The Libyan team dominated the match as their setter Abdelrahman Dghdanna directed the attacking plays well for Cuban-born reinforcement Leonel Marshall. Marshall led Swehly with 14 points, while Abiud Chircir led Kelibia in scoring with 13 markers.

Swehly’s victory finally landed them on the podium, after finishing in fourth position five times previously (2008, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).

Individual Awards
Best Server: Nathan Wounembaina (Swehly)
Best Receiver: Ahmed Youssef (Zamalek)
Best Setter: Khalid Ben Slimane (Esperance)
Best Attacker: Reda Haikal (Zamalek)
Best Blocker: Ahmed Khadi (Esperance)
Best Libero: Saddam Hmissi (Esperance)
Most Valuable Player: Khalid Ben Slimane (Esperance)

Final Standing
1. Esperance (Tunisia)
2. Zamalek (Egypt)
3. Swehly (Libya)
4. Kelibia (Tunisia)
5. Kenya Ports Authority (Kenya)
6. Port Douala (Cameroon)
7. GSU (Kenya)
8. Nemostar (Uganda)
9. Rwanda Energy (Rwanda)
10. APR (Rwanda)
11. Nigeria Customs (Nigeria)
12. MTC (Tanzania)
13. Espoir (RD Congo)
14. Rukinzo (Burundi)
15. Wolaita Dicha (Ethiopia)
16. SOA (Cote d’Ivoire)

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