Mazembe Beat Woeful Zamalek
The two sides went scoreless into halftime of this match played in Lubumbashi on Saturday afternoon.Midfielder Ngandu Kasongo put Mazembe ahead in the 70th minute.
Seven minutes later, Tanzania international striker Mbwana Samata added the second and his fourth in the Champions League this season for Mazembe.
Mazembe rise to four points but stay third and await the result between Group A leaders Al Ahly and second placed Bekerum Chelsea of Ghana in Cairo on Saturdays evening.
Al Ahly lead on maximum six points, Bekerum are second on four points with a better goal difference to Mazembe’s after two games played heading into their meeting in Cairo.
As for beleaguered Zamalek, they stay rooted at the bottom of Group A on zero points after three rounds with as many left to play.
Zamalek came into this match in the wake of coach Hassan Shehata’s resignation after a difficult few months in charge.
Stand-in coach Ismail Youssef has not been immune to any pressures so far and was forced to drop unsettled Amir Zaki ahead of traveling to DR Congo with the striker reportedly on the verge of a big money move to Turkey.
Meanwhile, Zamalek will not have to wait too long for revenge against Mazembe whom they face in the reverse fixture on August 19 in Cairo.