Kinshasa, November 2nd, 2022 (CPA).- TP Mazembe of DRC will face Royal AM of South Africa on Wednesday at the ground of the municipality of Kamalondo, in Lubumbashi, in the first leg of the play-offs of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Cup.
For this explanation, Mazembe is obliged to ensure its qualification for the group stage with a very secure margin in its garden to avoid a surprise on the return, in South Africa.
For the circumstance, in this continental circuit, the Englebertois have no examples to take elsewhere to draw inspiration from if not their own recent past.
As we know, they have always had trouble with South African clubs, regardless of their rank.
Last year, Mazembe had suffered a bad fate against the South African club Amazulu, with the balance sheet: a 0-0 draw in South Africa and another 1-1 in Lubumbashi. Amazulu’s only goal, scored at the Mazembe stadium, weighed heavily on the balance for his death penalty in the CAF Champions League.
However, if the Lubumbashi Ravens were well advised beforehand, they would avoid this obstacle insofar as Amazulu had previously passed through Kinshasa where he eliminated V.Club, at the Pentecost Martyrs stadium. Amazulu beat V.Club (1-0) in South Africa before losing 1-2 in Kinshasa.
Mazembe will have to be wary of Royal Am because of being from a football country that is South Africa whose championship is among the best in Africa.
The meeting, this Wednesday, in Kamalondo, we will see at work on the bench, the new mentor, Pamphile Mihayo Kazembe, who is making a comeback and who will be alongside Magloire Andy Mfutila, too, returns at home.
If the South African formation of Royal AM has no landmarks on the continent, Mazembe can turn its gaze to its own experience of last season. ACP/