CAF: Five goal Mazembe with one hand on the trophy (+video)
Defending African champions TP Mazembe have already as good as won the CAF Champions League for a second successive year, and fourth title overall, following their 5-0 demolition of Tunisian champions Espérance.
In an amazing first leg to this year’s CAF Champions League final the Congolese side took to the field at their home Stade de la Kenya in the town of Lubumbashi and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Although it has to be said that the first goal from Ndandu Kasongo had a touch of controversy about it as it was debateable whether the ball had crossed the line from his 18th minute header but the referee gave the goal and TP Mazembe didn’t look back. The Tunisians’ cause wasn’t helped when Mohamed Ben Masour was sent off just six minutes later for an off-the-ball incident. Following all of the incidents that had befallen them Espérance very nearly made it in at the break with a mere one goal deficit but a penalty given in first half stoppage time to the home side was tucked away by Dioko Kaluyituka and the game was fast running away from the Tunis side. The second half saw an inevitable avalanche of chances from TP Mazembe whose superior numbers on the field was turned into a vastly superior number of goals as Given Singuluma scored twice just before the hour mark and Kasongo scored his second of the game with sixteen minutes to go.
As it happens the only other time that a team took a five goal advantage into the second leg of the final happened in 1968 after Togo’s Étoile Filante de Lomé lost to a Congolese team called TP Englebert, now known to all as TP Mazembe, in the second win of a back-to-back success. It looks like history is going to repeat itself following the second leg of the 2010 CAF Champions League final to be played in Tunis on November 13th.
WATCH TP MAZEMBE v ESPERANCE HIGHLIGHTS HERE: