Media reports stated that the International Football Association (FIFA) prevented the Tunisian Premier League champions, Esperance, and its runner-up, Etoile du Sahel, from making any new transfer deals, due to their late payment of financial dues. And the “sport.nessma” website said that FIFA prevented Esperance from making deals because of its late payment of the dues of its former Ghanaian striker, Khaled Abdel Basset.
Esperance had terminated its contract with striker Abdel Basset by mutual consent after the end of last season.
FIFA decided to prevent the coastal star from making deals as well, due to the delay in paying the dues of its former financial defender, Omar Konate.
The two teams are preparing for the start of the new domestic season, next October, and participating in the African Champions League as well.
Esperance won the Tunisian League title last season, after scoring 60 points, and this was the fifth consecutive title for Esperance in the competition, while ES Sahel came in second place, 10 points behind Esperance.