Cape Town - TP
Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo defended superbly to force a
0-0 draw against SuperSport United on Saturday and retain the
CAF Confederation Cup.
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.
"We squandered a couple of early chances, then spent a lot of time
defending our one-goal lead from the first leg," said Mazembe coach
"Our defending was excellent and everyone played a part in keeping
SuperSport at bay. I dedicate this title to Congolese people all over
SuperSport coach Eric Tinkler said; "We recovered well from a
sluggish start, but could not find a way through a good Mazembe
Mazembe became only the second club after 2006 Confederation Cup
winners Etoile Sahel of Tunisia to lift the trophy without losing a
The 'Ravens' won eight games and drew six after entering the
competition at the play-off stage having being demoted from the CAF
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.
Those 11 trophies make them the second most successful club in CAF competitions after Al Ahly of Egypt, who have won 19 titles.
Mazembe wasted two early chances to take the lead at wet and chilly
Lucas 'Masterpieces' Moripe Stadium with captain Rainford Kalaba and
Daniel Nii Adjei the culprits.
SuperSport needed 73 minutes to get a shot on target with Ivorian
goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo saving a low effort from Togolese substitute
A second leg that never reached great heights threatened to boil over
in the closing stages with the Senegalese referee showing two red and
five yellow cards.
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.
Mazembe pocketed a record $1.25 million for
winning and will meet Champions League title-holders Wydad Casablanca
of Morocco in a one-off Super Cup match in February.