Sfaxien have yet to register a victory in the group stages following their opening 1-0 defeat to Zamalek SC and their 1-all draw against AC Leopards. One point from a possible six means a share of bottom place in the mini-league with Leopards, five points adrift of Zamalek and two behind Pirates; making Sunday’s game a must win for the hosts.
So who are CS Sfaxien and what can the Buccaneers on their trip away in Tunis? Orlandopiratesfc.com takes a look into the side known as the Juventus of the Arabs.
The club was founded in 1928 as Club Tunisien, playing in green and red stripes. The team was promoted to the Tunisian First Division in 1947. In 1950, the first supporters group was founded by Béchir Fendri, and in 1962 the club was renamed “Club Sportif Sfaxien ” and team colours were changed to the current black and white stripes.
Sfaxien may not be the biggest club to come out of Tunisia; that label belongs to the likes of Esperance and Club Africain however, they can be considered a top four club from Tunisia and as recent success has shown; they are fast becoming a giant of Tunisian football.
Sfaxien are eight time league winners, having last won in 2013 ironically under the mentorship of former Orlando Pirates head coach Ruud Krol who also led Sfaxien to CAF Confederations Cup success in the same year.