TP Mazembe Beat SuperSport United To Retain CAF Confed Cup
Democratic Republic of Congo giant TP Mazembe on Saturday held SuperSport United of South Africa to a scoreless draw as they successfully retain the CAF Confederation Cup trophy.
The Congolese club restricted the home team to just one shot on target in the second leg of the final in Pretoria, which saw each team have a player sent off late on, and won the secondary African club competition 2-1 on aggregate.
Mazembe became 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.
Apart from 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. Zambia-born Mazembe defender Kabaso Chongo was sent off eight minutes from time after being cautioned twice within six minutes.
SuperSport winger Thuso Phala was shown a straight red card in the final minute of regular time for a studs-up tackle. Meanwhile, Mazembe pocketed a record $1.25 million (about 1.1 million euros) for winning and will meet Champions League title-holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in a one-off Super Cup match in February.