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LINAFOOT: Mazembe beats Dauphins Noirs (1-0) and widens the gap in the standings

Kinshasa, December 23rd, 2021 (CPA) – TP Mazembe Englebert beat AS Dauphins Noirs, 1-0, on Wednesday, at the Unity stadium, in Goma, in the match of the 12th day of the 27th championship of the National Football League (LINAFOOT), and widens the gap in the standings where he stands alone with 37 points.

It was an unfortunate loss for Black Dolphins coach Birindwa Cirongozi who did not want to lose at all, but the irreparable happened as victory chose its side. The first half ended in a goalless draw 0-0. We were almost playing the second quarter of an hour of the second period, when Philippe Kinzumbi (60th) served in the central circle, made a solo breakthrough, dribbling on his way three Black Dolphins players before releasing a powerful strike that the goalkeeper will first touch, and then he let the ball pass for the opener.

« Nowhere does it say in the Bible that Mazembe must always win … » Birindwa Cirongozi said at the pre-match press conference, when on the pitch he is just going to miss a draw. A few months ago, Dauphins Noirs beat Mazembe on the same pitch at the Unity stadium, in the second leg of the 26th national championship before losing the match on the green carpet. Unfortunately, the exploit was not repeated.

Mazembe ends his journey in this corner of the country with the maximum number of points after his success last Saturday in front of Etoile of Kivu with the same score 1-0. Two great victories which consolidate the first place in the standings of Mazembe with 37 points for 13 matches played, followed by AS V.Club, second with 29 points for 11 matches to its name.

Rangers and Blessing neutralize each other: 0-0

Meanwhile, at the Martyrs of Pentecost stadium in Kinshasa, AC Rangers and FC Blessing neutralized each other 0-0 in Matchday 16 of this prestigious national championship. A good trip from Kolwezi’s side to the capital which started off by humiliating His Majesty Sanga Balende (3-1) last Sunday before drawing the Rangers academics to a draw.

Everything almost changed for Blessing, who inherited a penalty for foul play from a Rangers defender. Sam Samangwa (77th) who takes full responsibility for his execution sends the leather to the right upright of the woods of goalkeeper Lukiese Nkembo, beaten but narrowly saved by this circumstantial defender. It was a sigh of relief for Rangers who came close to conceding a deadly goal at such a crucial point in the game.

Despite the draw, Rangers are still sixth in the table with 17 points from 11 games played. While Blessing is 8th with 13 points, in as many games. Blessing’s next outing will face AS V.Club on Sunday, December 26th, in Kinshasa.


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