MATCH CENTRE

SUN 28 JUNE 2015, 15:30, LUBUMBASHI

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Kidiaba shines in Mazembe draw

by Kalumiana Kalumiana

Sun June 28, 19:59

TP Mazembe misfired at home on Sunday to finish 0-0 against Al Hilal of Sudan in the two sides 2015 CAF Champions League Group A opener.

Hero of the day for modest Mazembe in front of a packed house at Kamalondo stadium in Lubumbashi was veteran goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba.

Kidiaba denied the Sudanese three good chances in both halves as Mazembe defenders looked vulnerable every time Al Hilal came forward.

His first interception came on the stroke of halftime when he parried Mudather Eltaib's free-kick.

He was again called into action in the 70th minute when he denied Nazar Hamid on the near post.

In injury time, Mazembe had again their talismanic stopper to thank when he made another point-blank save, again on the near-post, this time to deny Atir Magor.

However, Mazembe did have their moments especially in the second half when Jean Kasusula’s 68th minute free kick was saved by Maxine Nguegang.

Mbwana Samatta had the crowd their feet in in the 81st minute but his goal-bound shot was blocked by Mutasim Mohamed.

Meanwhile, Mazembe are tied on one point with Al Hilal after round one and return to action during the weekend of July 10.

The DR Congo side travel to Morocco to face Moghreb Athletic Tetouan of Morocco while Al Hilal host debutants Smouha of Egypt that same weekend.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
TP MAZEMBE AL HILAL BENGHAZI
Goalkeeper
21
Goalkeeper
16
1
Goalkeeper
21
Defender
29
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
4
25
Defender
24
6
Defender
3
Defender
5
Defender
2
29
Defender
14
2
5
Defender
12
27
Defender
15
Defender
6
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
19
4
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
10
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
15
Forward/Striker
28
Forward/Striker
25
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
14
Forward/Striker
16
Forward/Striker
30
Forward/Striker
20
Forward/Striker
28
Forward/Striker
7
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