Friday May 01, 2015. 10:25
TP Mazembe will be looking to advance to the CAF Champions League group stage when they host Stade Malien in Lubumbashi on Sunday
, in the return leg of their round of 16 tie.
The DR Congo giants had to settle for a 2-2 draw in Bamako in the first leg after taking a two-goal lead, with a late Ismaël Koné brace cancelling goals from Cheibane Traoré and Daniel Adjei either side of the break.
And while Mazembe manager Patrice Carteron lamented the missed opportunity of taking an advantage back home, he remains confident his side will finish the job in Lubumbashi.
“We could feel we could have killed the game on the counter-attack. It is unfortunate for us as Stade Malien managed to force the hand of destiny to equalise. They played well during that period, causing us a lot of problems,” the Frenchman said after the first leg.
“We are disappointed because we were two goals up, we had a great game and then we disappeared for 15 minutes and conceded twice in five minutes. However, we are still satisfied as we are improving.
“Anyway, I am pleased with the attitude of my players during most of the match. We are taking back home a good draw even if there was room for a win.”
The former Mali boss will rely on their impressive home record to lead the ‘Corbeaux’ into the last eight of Africa’s foremost club competition, with Mazembe’s last defeat in Lubumbashi dating back to a year ago.
“We have just recorded 13 consecutive victories at home, and even if a draw should see us through we will play for the win,” promised Carteron, whose protégés just recorded two back-to-back thrashing of Kinshasa-based outfits FC MK Etanchéité and DC Motema Pembe.
However, Stade Malien have not given up hope of advancing to the lucrative group stage and are ready to cause a big upset in DR Congo.
“There will be equal opportunity for both sides in the return leg. It is up to us to make the difference in Lubumbashi, like Mazembe managed to do in Bamako,” Stade Malien boss Kamel Djabour warned.
“I am adamant that my team will do much better than in Bamako in the return leg.
“We have no choice but to win in Lubumbashi. We have what it takes to win as we proved it in the first leg when we came back from a two-goal deficit.”
The match will kick off at Stade Mazembe at 15h30
CAT on Sunday.