TP Mazembe smash hapless MO Béjaïa to win CAF Confederation Cup
Following a closely-fought 1-1 draw in Blida, TP Mazembe were considered favorites in the second leg of the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup, which was to be contested at the Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi, DR Congo.
Merveille Bope opened the scoring for the hosts in the seventh minute, to firmly stake their claim for their third continental trophy in two years, following their victories in the 2015 Champions League and the subsequent CAF Super Cup.
Two minutes before the break, Rainford Kalaba fired a stunning volley past a helpless Chamseddine Rahmani to further complicate Béjaïa’s task.
Kalaba then doubled his personal tally and made it 3-0 just after the hour mark, to all but seal the victory.
Sofiane Khadir scored a consolation goal in the 75th minute, before Jonathan Bolingi rounded out the scoring as the final score read 4-1 (5-2 on aggregate).
The DR Congo outfit will face Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2017 CAF Super Cup in the third week of February, after the latter side’s victory against Zamalek in the 2016 Champions League final last month.
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