Mazembe re­main on course to de­fend their Con­fed Cup crown

African Independent - - SPORT - MONTHATI MOTAUNG

ONLY TI­TLE-HOLD­ERS TP Mazembe of the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo are com­fort­ably placed go­ing into the sec­ond legs of the Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup quar­ter­fi­nals this week­end.

The “Ravens” from min­ing hub Lubum­bashi built a 2-1 away lead over African rook­ies Al Hi­lal Obied in Su­dan thanks to a brace of goals from Ben Malango.

Now Mazembe, the sec­ond most suc­cess­ful club in Caf com­pe­ti­tions af­ter Al Ahly of Egypt, could even lose 1-0 at home and still make the semi-fi­nals of the sec­ond-tier com­pe­ti­tion.

The other ties are open af­ter FUS Ra­bat of Morocco and Mouloudia Al­ger of Al­ge­ria took 1-0 leads and Zesco United of Zam­bia forced a 0-0 draw away to Su­per­Sport United of South Africa. FIRST LEG RE­SULTS MC Al­ger 1, Club Africain 0 FUS Ra­bat 1, Sfax­ien 0 Hi­lal El Obied Club 1, TP Mazembe 2 Su­per­Sport United 0, Zesco United 0

SEC­OND LEG FIX­TURES TO­DAY Sfax­ien v FUS Ra­bat TO­MOR­ROW Zesco Utd v Su­per­sport Utd SUN­DAY Mazembe v Hi­lal El Obied Club Club Africain v MC Al­ger

Bradley Grob­ler of Su­per­Sport, right, is chal­lenged by Misheck Chaila of Zesco dur­ing their Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup first leg quar­ter-fi­nal at Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium.

Pic­ture: Back­pagePix

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