TP Mazembe look to home advantage in Confederation Cup semifinal

TP Mazembe look to home advantage in Confederation Cup semifinal
Thomas Ulimwengu of TP Mazembe (l) challenged by Kelvin Yondani of Young African (r) during the CAF Confederation Cup football match between Young Africans and TP Mazembe at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 28 June 2016 ©BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Thursday Sep 22, 2016. 11:00

TP Mazembe will look to make the most of home advantage when they host Etoile du Sahel for the return leg of their CAF Confederation Cup semifinal on Sunday. The match is set for Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi, kick-off at 14h30.

The first leg in Sousse last weekend ended in a 1-1 draw, with the Tunisians claiming the lead through Hamza Lahmar’s first-half goal, only for the DR Congo side to hit back after the break through Roger Assale.

Bringing the tie back to the DRC with the score line level and an away goal in the bag makes TP Mazembe the clear favourites, though Etoile know a thing or two about winning on the road in Africa – after all, they are the defending Confed Cup champions.

However, the match stands under threat due to on-going violence in the DRC capital of Kinshasa. A reported 50 people were killed in clashes between security forces and anti Joseph Kabila protestors who have rebelled at the prospect of the president seeking a third term in office.

Etoile chairman Charfeddine Ridha has said he is keeping a close eye on events in DRC and has warned that he will not send his team to the country unless CAF can guarantee their safety for the match in Lubumbashi.

The aggregate winners will progress into the final and face either MO Bejaia or FUS Rabat in the final over two legs on 28-30 October and 4-6 November. Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe will take charge of the match on Sunday afternoon.

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