Congolese side TP Mazembe have retained the CAF Confederation Cup title after they held off Super Sport United of South Africa in front of their home fans to win the final tie 2-1 on aggregate.
Leading 2-1 from their home leg, The team from DR Congo produced a tactical masterclass against their South African opponents in the second leg in a game that ended goalless with both sides finishing the contest with 10 men.
TP Mazembe could have easily sealed the tie in their favour in the first half hour but Rainford Kalaba and Daniel Adjei wasted glorious opportunities to grab an away goal. However those little setbacks didn’t prevent the defending champions from keeping their hosts at bay for the rest of the game as Super Sport United were restricted to just one good chance in the second half.
The hosts briefly had a numerical advantage when TP Mazembe star Kasongo Chongo was sent off with ten minutes remaining before their star forward Thuso Phala also got his marching orders for a dangerous tackle to all but end the game as a contest in TP Mazembe’s favour.
The Congolese side won the trophy for the first time last year and they have now secured a 2nd title after successfully retaining it.