TP Mazembe retains CAF Confederation cup trophy

CAF Confederation Cup (Final)

Return Leg:

Super Sport 0-0 TP Mazembe (Agg: 1-2)

By: Muha J.M.

The experience of TP Mazembe was a manifest in the CAF Confederation Cup final on Saturday as they outplayed and out-thought SuperSport United to maintain the CAF Confederation Cup title.

A goalless draw in the second leg at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, on the peripheries of South Africa’s capital Pretoria, meant a 2-1 victory on aggregate after a triumph in last Sunday’s first leg at home.

It is Mazembe’s third successive continental title after the 2015 CAF Champions League title and the Confederation Cup last year.

Two red cards and a post-match crowd invasion soured a successful evening for the Lubumbashi giants, who have now won 15 African cups overall.

There were two excellent chances inside the opening 15 minutes for Mazembe to extend their aggregate lead and effectively finish off the tie early as the rain poured down for most of the match.

Mazembe were expected to sit back and defend their perilous prime but surprised their hosts with an attacking start.

Rainford Kalaba should have extended their aggregate lead after just 10 minutes as he sprung the offside trap but blasted wildly over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Then only four minutes later the captain turned provider and set up Daniel Adjei, who needed only slip the ball home but somehow managed to miss.

SuperSport United”s defender Siyabonga Nhlapo (L) vies with TP Mazembe’s midfielder and captain Rainford Kalaba during the last final match of the CAF Confederation trophy at Lucas Moripe stadium in Atteridgeville on November 25, 2017 in Pretoria. / AFP PHOTO / PHILL MAGAKOE

Had those two chances been taken, the tie would have been over with some 75 minutes still to play but instead those misses offered SuperSport a window to get back in the game.

The hosts had plenty of control in the first half and put the ball in the net but Tefu Mashamaite was correctly flagged offside as he guided the ball in from close range just past the half-hour mark.

After 45 minutes, SuperSport pressed forward but were consistently let down by their final pas and inability to win the second ball. They also met a determined defensive wall as Mazembe defended tigerishly, with their experienced backline holding firm.

Mazembe cleverly wasted time and took SuperSport off their rhythm in the end but lost defender Chongo Kabaso to a second yellow card with eight minutes left in the game.

After 90 minutes, the home side were seriously attacking but ran out of time as Mazembe exhibited their quality and experience to keep a clean sheet.

 

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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