Founded in 1920, the Club Africain de Tunis is, together with Espérance Sportive de Tunis, the two biggest clubs in the Tunisian capital.
23 national and regional titles between 1920 and 1980
Club Africain is the second largest club in the country in terms of national ranking. Indeed, it counts 13 titles of champion of Tunisia and in the Tunisian Ligue 1 and 12 final victories in cut. Only Espérance Sportive de Tunis is better with 27 titles in the league and 15 in cup. In addition it was necessary to wait until 1947 in 27 years before seeing the team win the national championship. For the Cup, its first coronation dates from ... 1965.
If Club Africain knows a current form, it is between 1960 and 1980 that it really knew its climax. Indeed, the coronation of the team in 1964 marks the beginning of a beautiful period. For the record, it is ahead of its rival, the Espérance Sportive de Tunis, by two points. The following year, it lost its title in favor of the Tunisian Stadium, but won its first Cup.
The victories are linked then and he won 6 times in a row the competition between 1967 and 1972. At the same time, it won 2 championships. In addition, it achieved a double championship cup in 1967. In 1973, it reissued this feat under the leadership of Jamel Eddine Bouabsa. In addition, two Tunisian supercuts, those of 1968 and 1970, enriched its charts during this period. It won 3 more championships, a cup and a supercup until 1980.
Years of transitions…
On the regional level, in 1971, it won the first title of a Tunisian club in the Cup of Maghreb cup winners by defeating on a score of 2 goals to 0 another Tunisian team, AS La Marsa. After this coronation, it loses 2 consecutive finals in the same competition.
After this flourishing period, that of 1980 to 1990 is to be forgotten. Indeed, after the final lost 2-0 in cup against Espérance Sportive de Tunis in 1980, Club Africain goes from failure to failure. It was not until 1990 to win a new trophy. This is not the least because it is the 9th crown in the league for the team.
This revival of form is to the credit of the strong man of the time, coach Farid Abbes whose team is crowned by continental and regional success. In fact, he won the African Champion Clubs' Cup in 1991 and the Afro-Asian Club Cup in 1992.
African club, once again competitive
However, between 1997 and 2007, African club falls into its wake and begins a new cycle of 10 years without major title. Fortunately, the team takes colors and wins 3 times the championship in 4 years (2007,2009 and 2010). The beautiful course of 2010 is rewarded by a final in the Confederation Cup in Africa in 2011.
In addition, it won its 12th Tunisian Cup in 2017. This is the last trophy to date. Moreover, this season could have been more beautiful without the administrative complication in the 1/2 final first leg of the Confederation Cup. Without an intervention by Tarek Bouchamaoui who decided to postpone the meeting, Club Africain would have lost the match by forfeit.
Despite a difficult political context, like Club Africain, Tunisian football continues to evolve under the impulse of enthusiasts like Tarek Bouchamaoui. A new qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia illustrates it.