Less than 24 hours after Esperance’s 3-0 loss to Al Ahly in the first leg of their TotalEnergies CAF Champions League semifinal in Rades, Head Coach Nabil Maaloul has announced his resignation.
The tactician claimed he made the choice “in the best interest of the club,” as their chances of winning the continental championship are now in jeopardy following the humiliating home loss to the reigning African champions.
“I decided to submit my resignation to the club president with the best interest of the team at heart,” the tactician said in his resignation statement.
“I understand the sadness and disappointment of Esperance supporters after this loss and I apologize to all of them for not being able to bring joy to their hearts.
“In the recent period, the task has not been easy for my technical staff and I and the players as well.
“I tried everything in my power to find solutions,” the tactician noted.
To overcome the deficit from the first leg and go to the final, Esperance must triumph by more than four goals in Cairo the following weekend.
The club is now faced with a fresh problem as a result of its head coach’s resignation.
However, the coach has pleaded with the supporters to support the club for the rest of the season as they attempt to have the best possible campaign.