Tresor Mputu of TP Mazembe/Backpagepix
Thursday May 15, 2014. 09:50
TP Mazembe on Friday face nemesis A Hilal of Sudan in a 2014 CAF Champions League Group A opener in Khartoum,.
Four-time champions Mazembe have nothing but forgettable memories about their Sudanese opponents who are one of the few sides to have beaten the DR Congo side in Africa at home in the last 14 years.
Al Hilal beat Mazembe 2-0 in Lubumbashi a 2009 CAF Champions League semifinal final leg but the latter escaped after winning 5-2 away in Khartoum on their way to be crowned African champions for a third time.
Prior to that, the two sides played out to a 2-2 result in Khartoum and scoreless draw in Lubumbashi in the 2008 group stage of the same competition.
And Mazembe need to make a significant start with an away win as a home date against archrivals AS Vita looms on May 24 just a fortnight after the tragic conclusion to the DR Congo league play-off final match that the latter lost 1-0 and saw 15 fans killed in violence after the game in Kinshasa.
"At Al Hilal which is one of the most experienced teams on the continent it will not be easy," Mazembe and Ghana midfielder Gladson Awako told Mazembe's official website.
"To get a good result, we must stand together as we stood against Vita Club, because if we are disciplined we can only grow from one victory to the next."