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VIDEO: Zamalek lose group stage opener to AS Vita Club in Kinshasa
Mubele opened the scoring for Vita Club, Momen Zakaria equalised and Emmanuel grabbed the all important winner for the hosts in the 80th minute, handing the DR Congolese side all 3 points.
AS Vita Club XI: Lukong; Landu, Bafola, Mabele, Ebunga (c); Kasereka, Mondo, Makwekwe, Issoufa; Kisombe, Munganga
Zamalek XI: Abdel-Wahed; Omar Gaber, Tolba, Yasser Ibrahim, Fathallah, Abdel-Shafy; Tawfik, El-Sayed, Zakaria, Awad; Gaafar.
AS Vita were the better team in the opening exchanges and were finding it very easy to penetrate the Zamalek back four.
The first real chance fell to Vita’s Landu, who shot straight at Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed after running onto a Ebungu through ball.
Then 10 minutes later in the 18th minute, Mubele beat Abdel-Shafy and finished well to put the Congolese side in the lead – the first goal Abdel-Wahed conceded this CAF Champions League campaign.
Zamalek were slowly coming back into the game, started pressuring well, creating some half chances and showing signs of promise.
The best chance in the first half came from Ahmed Tawfiq, who met a brilliant Abdel-Shafy cross but centre-back Bafola cleared off the line after Lukong failed to collect the cross.
Vita Club nearly doubled their lead when Ebunga’s free-kick came off the bar in stoppage time in the first half which ended 1-0 to the hosts.
Mido took off Hamda Tolba for Hazem Emam at the start of the second-half as Zamalek started searching for the equaliser. The Whites started off the better team with Islam Awad’s free-kick the first real opportunity of the half, flying just over.
Zamalek carried on pressuring Vita Club and another brilliant chance fell to Hazem Emam, who tried to chip the keeper but it was just over the bar.
Vita Club started to fight back and nearly doubled their lead through substitute Emmanuel, who was played through on goal by Mubele but Abdel-Shafy cleared off the line keeping his team in the game.
Zamalek started to hold possession once more and managed to equalise in the 76th minute after Abdel-Shafy crossed to find Momen Zakaria unmarked, who finished well six yards out.
However, it wasn’t long before AS Vita Club regained the lead once more through Emmanuel, who scored after latching onto a Mubele through ball in the 80th minute.
Zamalek went in search of the equaliser again in the last 10 minutes, in a high tempo end to the game, however, Vita Club managed to hold on to the three points, helping them top the table with Al Hilal Omdurman – who beat TP Mazembe on Friday.
The Whites host Al Hilal in the next game on Saturday in Cairo, where nothing less than three points will satisfy Mido’s men in the search of being amongst Africa’s top four. AS Vita play TP Mazembe in an all Congolese clash.