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TP Mazembe win CAF Champions League

TP Mazembe
TP Mazembe

TP Mazembe claimed a fifth CAF Champions League title following a 2-0 win over USM Alger on Sunday afternoon as the Democratic Republic of Congo giants won 4-1 on aggregate over two legs.

Mbwana Samatta and Roger Assalé found the back of the net for the hosts in Lubumbashi. The ‘Red and Black’ ended the game with 10-men with Zinedine Ferhat sent off seconds before the final whistle.

With eight first teams regulars either injured or suspended, USMA boss Miloud Hamdi had the huge task of assembling a competitive team leading up to the game.

Star goalkeeper Mohamed Zemmamouche was the most notable absentee with the club again having to do without top scorer Youcef Belaïli who has been handed a hefty ban after testing positive for a banned substance.

Mazembe on the other hand were without the influential Rainford Kalaba with the Zambian midfielder seeing red in the first-leg.

Following the drama that ensued in Algiers last week, the reverse fixture got off to a rather uneventful start with chances few and far between during the opening 45.

Patrice Carteron introduced Daniel Adjei and Assalé after the break with the French born coach eager for his side to gain the ascendancy.

The game finally opened up after hour mark with Adama Traoré blazing his shot inches wide from the edge of the area.

The ‘Ravens’ were unlucky not to open the scoring in the 69th minute with Boubacar Diarra seeing his volley attempt cleared off the line after Ismaïl Mansouri parried the initial clearance.

At the other end of the park Brahim Boudebouda saw his header over the crossbar from close range.

Mazembe were handed a golden opportunity to open the scoring on the day after Farouk Chafai was adjudged to have fouled Assalé inside the area.

Samatta duly slotted the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards for his seventh goal of the tournament.

Assalé wrapped things up in second-half stoppage time after Samatta broke free on goal.

Mazembe will subsequently participate in the 2015 Fifa Club World Cup in Japan later this year.

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