The coach of Mazembe attributes the draw against Pyramids (0-0) to the lack of national championship in the country


Kinshasa, April 19th, 2022 (CPA).- The coach of TP Mazembe of DR Congo, Franck Dumas, attributed the draw of his team against Pyramids FC of Egypt (0-0), on Sunday in Cairo, in quarter-finals go from the 19th Confederation Cup, to the lack of championship in the country, he said at the post-match press conference.

“The only thing that bothers me is the fact that our last league match dates back to January 30th and it’s been two and a half months since we played a league match. CAF has become our championship and, behind, we train, we try to keep up the pace. Sometimes it hurts us, precisely in relation to tonight. On the other hand, it allows us to work well physically and finish this kind of match with a lot of intensity », indicated the French technician, who believes in a feat in the second leg, adding: « Sometimes, I have trouble to understand. We feel strong at home and a little more feverish outside. It’s football, and I think we will have another face at home.

Conscious and still keeping fresh his adventures in front of Amazoulu of South Africa, who had eliminated him from the 26th Champions League of the Confederation of African Football (0-0 in Lubumbashi, 1-1 in Johannesburg), Mazembe would not therefore not relive the same experience.

A precious draw brought back from Cairo

TP Mazembe brought back a precious goalless draw from Cairo where they met FC Pyramids of Egypt (0-0) on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the Confederation Cup. The Ravens of Lubumbashi, who worked on the defense, even came close to surprising the Egyptian goalkeeper at the end of the game, a game well controlled by Pyramids.

Mazembe suffered but is doing well

During the traditional site reconnaissance session, coach Franck Dumas, speaking to the press before the match, indicated that the opponent was of high quality but that his team was in Egypt to defend his skin dearly. “Sunday, we will take to the field with confidence, playing with intelligence and patience, in order to contain the attacks of this great team. The beauty of football is that nothing is defined in advance. TP Mazembe respects all its opponents without being afraid of anyone. All the teams are ambitious and we are prepared to play without complexes”, said Dumas.

A statement that looks like a prophecy with regard to the physiognomy of the match. The overly shy Ravens in the first half suffered the game of the Heirs of the Pharaohs, who dominated almost three quarters of the match, but lacked efficiency in front of the Mazembe cage guarded by goalkeeper Baggio Siadi. Franck Dumas’ men were able to readjust the shot in the second period, even being very daring in the final moments with a strong shot from Bakata, which was miraculously deflected by goalkeeper Ekramy.

An expensive but tricky score

This parity score of 0-0 is therefore at the same time expensive and a trap for Mazembe, insofar as a draw would qualify Pyramids, with the principle of an away goal counting double. Only a victory is essential for the Congolese to validate their qualification in the semi-finals.

The two teams will meet in a week at TP Mazembe stadium in Lubumbashi for the return match.

Other results

The other results of the first leg of the Confederation Cup quarter-finals are as follows: Simba SC (Tanzania) – Orlando Pirates (South Africa) 1-0, Al Ittihad SC – Al Ahli Tripoli (Libya) 0- 0, Al Masry (Egypt) – RS Berkane (Morocco) 2-1.