Mazembe dump Zamalek out
TP Mazembe have dumped Egyptian side Zamalek out of 2012 CAF Champions League semifinal contention with a 2-1 victory in Cairo on Sunday night.
Mazembe moved back into second place in Group B with seven points, while Zamalek remain on zero with just two games left to play.
The DR Congo side trail leaders Al Ahly by three points, but have two more than third-placed Berekum Chelsea from Ghana.
Mazembe, who won this competition in 2009 and 2010, were ahead 10 minutes before halftime when the Zambian international Hichani Himoonde converted a cross from Tresor Mputu.
The home side were level just two minutes later though as Benin international Razak Omotoyossi scored for them.
But Mazembe continued to be the better side and they were ahead again on 44 minutes through Tanzanian youngster Mbwana Samata. Mputu was again the provider.
The second period was a scrappy affair with
neither side able to take control of the game, but Zamalek’s dismal run in this
competition, which recently cost coach Hassan Shehata his job, continues with
another home defeat.
Next up for Mazembe is a home clash with Al Ahly on September 2, before a potentially decisive visit to Berekum Chelsea in the final round of matches.