Mazembe, Be­jaia in Con­fed Cup fi­nal

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DR Congo gi­ants TP Mazembe will be aim­ing to up­set Al­ge­ria’s MO Be­jaia in their own back yard when the teams meet for the first leg of the Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup fi­nal at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Bl­ida to­day.

The match will be broad­cast live on SS9 with kick-off set for 9.30PM CAT.

Both Be­jaia and Mazembe owe their place in the fi­nal to nar­row vic­to­ries in the semi­fi­nals. The Al­ge­ri­ans drew 1-1 with Morocco’s FUS Ra­bat and ad­vanced on the away goals rule, while it was the same story for the DRC side against Tu­nisia’s Etoile du Sa­hel.

MOB are look­ing to win their first Caf club com­pe­ti­tion, while Mazembe are very fa­mil­iar with suc­cess on the con­ti­nen­tal stage: the Ravens have won five Caf Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles (in­clud­ing last year), one African Cup Win­ners’ Cup and three Caf Su­per Cups.

The Crabs have en­joyed thor­ough prepa­ra­tion for the first leg of the fi­nal. They had a six-day train­ing camp in Tu­nisia which ended this past week­end, two days of rest over Tues­day and Wed­nes­day be­fore re­group­ing at the Sidi Moussa Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre in Al­giers for their fi­nal plan­ning.

"I think we took full ad­van­tage of this train­ing to recharge our bat­ter­ies and cor­rect our mis­takes to en­sure the best prepa­ra­tion for the fi­nal which will be dif­fi­cult and im­por­tant to us,” said coach Nasser Send­jack.

“We still have time to fill our gaps with the last re­union planned in Sidi Moussa and be able to de­liver the best pos­si­ble re­turn to the team TP Mazembe.”

TP Mazembe coach Hu­bert Ve­lud be­lieves the clash against MO Be­jaia could go ei­ther way: “It will be 50-50,” he told his club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“MOB have proved their worth and I am not sur­prised to find them in the fi­nal.

“I know the men­tal­ity of this team, like other Al­ge­rian teams. MOB has shown this year that they have a very de­ter­mined team and what they lack in tal­ent they make up for with fight­ing spirit.”

The re­turn match will be played at the Stade TP Mazembe in Lubum­bashi on Novem­ber 6. The ref­eree for the first leg in Bl­ida is Sey­chelles of­fi­cial Bernard Camille. — Sport24.

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