Esperance clinch the Tunisian League championship

Esperance players
Esperance players celebrate after winning the Tunisian League

Esperance clinched a much-delayed Tunisian league championship after beating CS Hammam-Lif 3-1 on the final day of the season.

The Tunis-based club finished on 64 points, five clear of Etoile du Sahel who lost 4-1 to CS Sfaxien on Sunday.

This year's Tunisian league encountered numerous problems after its original suspension during the revolution.

Once the league restarted, hooliganism affected various games - meaning all games were played behind closed doors.

Esperance won their third straight title, and 23rd overall, despite using three different coaches throughout the season.

After going a goal behind after 13 minutes, a brace from Mali's Dramane Traore and Youssef Msakni ensured their championship-clinching win.

The club are also still in the hunt for their first African Champions League crown since 1996 - with their maiden Group B clash looming this weekend.

After meeting Algeria's MC Alger, Esperance will also take on Egypt's Al Ahly and Moroccans Wydad Casablanca in an all-African group.

Esperance and Etoile du Sahel will represent Tunisia in next year's African Champions League, while third-place CS Sfaxien will play in the Confederation Cup.

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