MATCH CENTRE

SUN 21 SEPTEMBER 2014, 16:30

2
VS
1

It’s advantage AS Vita

by Andrew Oryada

Sun September 21, 19:03

DR Congo’s AS Vita on Sunday made use of their home ground advantage to stop visiting CS Sfaxien 2-1 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League semi-final.

After another DR Congo team, TP Mazembe falling on Saturday in the other semi-final tie, AS Vita made sure they bring smiles on the faces of the Congolese at their Stade de Martyres Stadium in Kinshasa.

Firmin Ndombe Mubele gave the home side the lead after 37 minutes infront of over 40,000 cheering fans. But the CS Sfaxien defenders stood strong before half time as AS Vita made more attacks.

On resumption Heritier Luvumbu Nzinga made it 2-0 for the home side on 54 minutes, before CS Sfaxien pulled a goal back through defender Ali Maaloul. The goal for the Tunisian side could prove very vital heading into the second leg.

The AS Vita defenders kept a close watch on CS Sfaxien attacking force of Ferjani Sassi, Maher Hannachi and Mohamed Ali Moncer who have scored in Group stages.

AS Vita missed the services of striker Dady Birori who was on Tuesday banned for two years by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The player who has been a constant scorer for the AS Vita was banned for using two different names under different passports for club and country.

Birori’s issue also led to the disqualification of Rwanda from the Group stages of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
AS VITA (V CLUB) CS SFAXIEN
Goalkeeper
1
1
16
Goalkeeper
28
Defender
20
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
8
Defender
6
Defender
28
Defender
26
Defender
26
25
Defender
29
Defender
3
3
Defender
5
Defender
15
Defender
8
Defender
17
Defender
21
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
7
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
29
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
27
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
23
Forward/Striker
25
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
24
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
4
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