Last-ditch Bakata goal hands Ravens victory over Oranges Boys

Last-ditch Bakata goal hands Ravens victory over Oranges Boys
John Bakata of TP Mazembe

by Staff Reporter

Sunday May 08, 2022. 17:36

TP Mazembe have the slightest of edges over RS Berkane in the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals after their 1-0 win in the first leg at the Stade du TP Mazembe on Sunday.

Franck Dumas’ side created the majority of the chances in Lubumbashi, but appeared to be heading for a goalless draw before John Bakata popped up deep into injury time to score a dramatic winner.

The Ravens bossed possession in the first half but had nothing for show for their efforts at the break and despite chances coming at both ends, neither goalkeeper was required to make a save.

Phillippes Kinzumbi blazed over for the hosts from inside the box on eight minutes, while the Oranges Boys went closest to breaking the deadlock when Hamza El Moussaoui dragged a shot wide of the right post from inside the area on the left in the 12th minute following a counter-attack.

Issoufou Dayo fired high and wide on the half-hour mark after a free-kick found him inside the box on the right and Kevin Mondeko failed to keep his header down from a corner at the opposite end of the pitch three minutes later.

Charki El Bahri should perhaps have done better when he pulled an effort wide of the right post from inside the area on 38 minutes before Japhte Kitambala directed a header wide of the left post for the DR Congo champions following a corner in the 39th minute.

The second half was just two minutes old when Hamza Hamiani was called into action to deny Glody Likonza after he had been picked out inside the area by Ernest Luzolo.

Likonza had only been introduced from the bench at half-time and he looked to make up for lost time after missing the quarter-finals through injury as he forced Hamiani into another two saves by the midway point of the second half.

TP Mazembe poured on the pressure in the closing stages, although the visitors finally managed to hit the target nine minutes from time when Tuisila Kisinda drew a save out of Baggio Saidi with a strike from inside the box on the right.

Hamiani made a routine save from Merceil Ngimbi’s long-range attempt in the 84th minute and Saidi was alert to the danger when Ismail Mokadem got on the end of Mehdi Oubilla’s cross to steer a header on target in the final minute.

Likonza tested Hamiani once more with a header in the first minute of stoppage time and their pressure finally told four minutes later as Bakata headed home the substitute’s cross to snatch a last-gasp win.

TP Mazembe (0) 1 (Bakata 90+5′)

RS Berkane (0) 0

TP Mazembe: Saidi, Mpeko, Mondeko, Chongo (Ngimbi 68′), Luzolo, Mwape, Soze, Koffi, Kitambala (Mayombo 82′), Kinzumbi (Bakata 88′), Nzali (Likonza 46′).

RS Berkane: Hamiani, El Moussaoui, Dayo, Mokadem, Baadi, Lukombe (Kisinda 80′), Naji, Camara (Oubilla 83′), Elfahli, El Bahri (El Bahraoui 57′), Regragui.

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