Moloudia Olympique de Bejaia went down 1-0 at the hands of TP Mazembe in their CAF Confederation Cup Group A encounter on Wednesday at Stade du TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi.
Bejaia succumbed to a second half goal from Rainford Kalaba, who made sure Les Corbeaux walked away with the full three points at home.
The loss for Nasser Sandjak's side has demoted them to the third spot with five points: they are now behind the second-placed Sporting Club Medeama of Ghana on goal difference.
The Ghanaian side has five points and five goals on the log table, having beaten Tanzania's Young Africans 3-1 on Tuesday.
Although the Hubert Velud-coached side went to the match as favourites following their 0-0 draw away two weeks ago, they failed to find the back of the net in the first half.
Both sides were deadlocked at 0-0 at the interval and it was a good result for the hosts as they wanted to remain in the driving seat.
Nevertheless, just after the hour mark, the Zambian international netted in the 62nd minute and they managed to hold on their lead to claim the full three points.
Meanwhile, The victory for the Les Corbeaux means they now have 10 points next to their name and are close to qualifying for the semifinals.
The Algerians will now want to bounce back when they meet Yanga at home on August 13 to move up up the log standings.
On the other hand, the 2015 CAF Champions League winners will now want to bag another win to consolidate their top spot when they face Medeama away on August 14.