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VIDEO: TP Mazembe crowned African champions for fifth time

Photo: TP Mazembe Facebook Page

Photo: TP Mazembe Facebook Page

TP Mazembe clinched a fifth CAF Champions League title after finishing off USM Alger 2-0 at home for a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.

USM Alger made plenty of changes for this fixture looking to invigorate the team after a home loss in the first leg. They were self assured, contrary to the first leg, as they matched the strong start by TP Mazembe. No clear cut opportunities were being created by both sides though and the match went to the break scoreless.

In the early parts of the second half, the visitors gained a hold of the game but still failed to cause too much trouble for Robert Kidiaba. The Algerian side was caught off guard, as they pushed forward, for the closest chance of the match until that point. 10 minutes into the second half, Traore was put through but scampered his effort narrowly wide of goal.

The game came to life on the 72nd minute when Roger Assale was brought down in USM Alger’s penalty area as he weaved past the defence. Samatta stepped up for the spotkick and sent Mansouri the wrong way. The goal took off pressure from the Congolese side while USM Alger increased their urgency in looking for a way back into the contest. Unfortunately for them, Roger Assale benefited from an injury break-away by Samatta to confirm the results. There was altercations moments before the final whistle when Ferhat was sent off for bringing down Kimwaki off the ball but the crowd at Kamalondo minded little.

The win sealed Mazembe’s fifth African crown and pushed them ahead of Zamalek on the honour’s list; having been in two other finals as well. TP Mazembe will represent the continent at the FIFA Club World Cup later in the year.

I have dedicated part of my time in this bad world to following African football. From CECAFA to WAFU, COSAFA to UNAF & even the forgotten UNIFFAC.

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