Mazembe, Tetouan in do-or-die Champions League clash

Mazembe, Tetouan in do-or-die Champions League clash
TP Mazembe's Rainford Kalaba

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Sep 10, 2015. 16:03

TP Mazembe and Moghreb Tetouan will battle in Lubumbashi for a place in the last four of the 2015 CAF Champions Leagueon Saturday, in their final Group A outing of the prestigious tournament.

The two sides are tied on eight points with Al Hilal after five games, with the Omdurman-based outfit facing Smouha SC in Alexandria at the same time.

Held to a goalless draw by Hilal in front of their home crowd in their campaign opener, before falling 1-0 in Khartoum in the reverse fixture, the ‘Ravens’ are trailing the Sudanese giants on head-to-head and only a win against the Moroccans will guarantee them qualification.

While a defeat to Moghreb Tetouan will automatically see them packing, a draw will also remain a very tricky result for Patrice Carteron’s protégés.

Indeed, should no winners emerge at TP Mazembe Stadium on Saturday, the four-time African champions will only book their spot for the semifinals if Smouha defeat Al Hilal, regardless of the nature of the draw, or if they play to a goalless draw and Al Hilal win in Egypt, as they enjoy a better general goal difference than Tetouan, whom they held 0-0 in Morocco in the reverse fixture.

Meanwhile, the Moroccans, who are enjoying the head-to-head advantage over Al Hilal, will bid farewell to the competition if they fall to Mazembe and the Sudanese don’t lose against Smouha, or if they play out a goalless draw with the Congolese and Hilal grab all three points in Alexandria.

The match will kick off at Stade TP Mazembe at 15h30 CAT on Saturday 12 September 2015.



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