Mazembe seek win in comfort zone
Lamine Ndiaye Coach of TP Mazembe
The four-time African champions are bottom of Group A after losing 2-1 away to record six-time winners Al Ahly behind closed doors in Cairo on July 8.
Mazembe’s guests from Ghana on the other hand began their Champions’ League group stage debut on a high note beating Zamalek 3-2 in Accra on July 7 to go top of Group A on three points heading into match-day-two this weekend.
Zamalek's tormentor Emmanuel Clottey who scored a hat trick in that match has boldly declared that he fancies his chances in Lubumbashi where Mazembe are undefeated in the Champions League.
“I know they (Mazembe) will try to mark me but they can’t stop me,” Clottey said.
“I want to score to maintain my goal king lead so they can’t stop me. Only God can.”
Meanwhile, Mazembe have fitness concerns regarding dependable Zambia defender Stophilla Sunzu following his recent recovery from Malaria.
Furthermore, Mazembe coach Lamine Ndiaye will be hoping for a better show from his misfiring Zambia midfielder Rainford Kalaba, who struggled against Al Ahly a fortnight ago.
On a brighter note, Mazembe's Tanzanian striker Ally Samatta who came off the bench to score Mazembe's lone goal against their perennial Champions’ League group stage nemesis is fit and should start against the Bekerum.