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23-year-old former Trinity College student and Bohemians winger Ben Mohamed wins African Champions League

Ayman Ben Mohamed was raised in Dublin and spent time with UCD, Longford Town and Bohemians.

Ben Mohamed in action for Bohemians against Galway United in June 2016.
Ben Mohamed in action for Bohemians against Galway United in June 2016.
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FORMER BOHEMIANS AND Longford Town attacker Ayman Ben Mohamed helped Tunisian champions Espérance de Tunis win the African Champions League in sensational fashion on Friday at the 60,000-seater Stade Olympique de Radès.

The former Trinity College student was forced to miss his side’s 3-1 opening leg defeat through injury, but played the full 90 minutes last night as Esperance overcame their two goal deficit with a magnificent 3-0 victory.

Ben Mohamed was born in London to an Irish mother and a Tunisian father and spent almost four seasons in League of Ireland football after being raised in Dublin — first lining out for UCD before spending one season at Longford and half a campaign at Dalymount Park.

He joined Esperance following an impressive 2016 under Keith Long at Bohemians, with the player making his international debut for Tunisia last month during a 2-1 victory over Niger.

Egyptian champions Al Ahly took a 3-1 lead into last night’s second leg, however a double from Saad Bguir either side of half-time, added to by another goal from Anice Badri sealed the Tunisian’s third Champions League title.

Ben Mohamed starred for Bohemians during the 2016 SSE Airtricity League campaign and quickly became a fan’s favourite in Phibsborough. He earned his first ever international call-up for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Djibouti while still in the League of Ireland back in May 2016.

He studied BESS (Business, Economics, Political Science and Sociology) at Trinity before earning his move to Espérance in August that same year.

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“It was challenging, but I always felt football helped with my studies,” he told The42 during an interview in February 2017. “It gave me a break; to train and play matches when I got stressed.”

Ben Mohamed began his career with St Joseph’s Boys before joining UCD in 2012 at the age of 17. The 23-year-old has since been converted to an attacking full-back in the Tunisian Professional League.

Esperance will now represent CAF (Confederation of African Football) at the FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates next month, alongside Champions League winners Real Madrid.

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