TP Mazembe clinches CAF Confederation Cup back to back

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TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, on Saturday outplayed SuperSport United of South Africa in a a 0-0 draw to retain the CAF Confederation Cup title, an equivalent of the Europa League or Cup.

The Congolese club restricted the home team to just one shot on target in the second leg at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, on the outskirts of South Africa’s capital Pretoria, meant a 2-1 victory on aggregate after success in last Sunday’s first leg at home.

The hosts had plenty of possession in the first half to 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 the break, 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.

The home team, playing in their first continental cup final, managed just one shot on goal from Dove Wome that Sylvain Gbohou in the Mazembe goal dealt with comfortably.

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.

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.

Towards the end of the game, SuperSport United were desperately attacking but ran out of time as Mazembe showed their quality with a clean sheet.

This makes Mazembe the only the second club after 2006 winners Etoile Sahel of Tunisia to lift the trophy without losing a match.

The ‘Ravens’ won eight games and drew six after entering the Confederation Cup at the play-off stage having being demoted from the CAF Champions League.

Aside two Confederation Cup titles, Mazembe have won the Champions League five times, the Super Cup three times and the now defunct African Cup Winners Cup once.

Those 11 trophies make them the second most successful club in CAF competitions after Al Ahly of Egypt, who have won 19 titles.

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