Mazembe, Horoya in Group D showdown

Mazembe, Horoya in Group D showdown
Rainford Kalaba of TP Mazembe challenged by Clayton Daniels of Supersport United during the Caf Confederation Cup match between Supersport United and TP Mazembe at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 20 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jul 08, 2017. 00:06

TP Mazembe and Horoya AC will battle for top spot in Group D of the CAF Confederation Cup when they meet in Lubumbashi on Saturday afternoon, kick-off at 15h30 CAT.

The teams are tied at the top of the pool on nine points apiece and a winner in this clash at Stade TP Mazembe will not only secure a place in the quarterfinals, but guarantee themselves top spot.

A draw may be enough for both teams to qualify, but this is only guaranteed if SuperSport United fail to win the other Group D match at home to already-eliminated CF Mounana (who have lost all five games thus far).

Should Mazembe and Horoya draw, and SuperSport win, all three teams will finish on 10 points. This would then see the two qualifiers decided by a mini log of the matches played between the trio.

All of the matches between the three teams have ended in draws (and the Mazembe-Horoya encounter would also have to be a draw for this scenario to play out), therefore they would all be level on points and goal difference.

The tie breakers then move to the categories of goals scored and away goals scored (in matches between the three teams). In this regard United have four goals (two away), Horoya have three goals (two away) and Mazembe have three goals (one away).

In other words, Mazembe and Horoya could both advance with a high-scoring draw in this scenario, but neither will be keen on taking their chances in a three-way tie; winning outright is definitely the preferable option.

The other Group D match between SuperSport United and CF Mounana will be played concurrently in Tshwane. Tunisian referee Sadok Selmi will take charge of the game in Lubumbashi.

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