TP Mazembe pick CAF CL advantage


Congolese giants TP Mazembe moved closer to the 2015 CAF Champions League title after a 2-1 win over Algerian side USM Alger in the first leg of the 2015 CAF Champions League final on Saturday 31 October away in Algeria.

The intense manner of the match saw both sides reduced to ten men as the teams vied for the first leg advantage, bragging rights and eventually the chance to represent Africa in the Club World Cup in December.

Zambian Rainford Kalaba gave TP Mazembe the lead in the 27th minute. He was however sent off at the tail end of the first half.

For the hosts USM Alger, the numerical advantage didn’t last for too long as Hocine El Orfi was given his marching orders in the 68th minute.

Tanzanian forward Mbwana Samatta doubled the visitors lead in the 79th minute from the penalty spot after missing a spot kick minutes earlier.

The hosts pulled one back through Mohammed Seguer in the 88th minute to reduce the deficit.

USM Alger will be looking to overturn the deficit in the second leg at Stade TP Mazembe on Sunday 8 November.