Mazembe icons aiming for history

Mazembe icons aiming for history
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Al Ahly legends Hossam Ashour, Wael Gomaa and Mohamed Aboutrika top the list of most CAF Champions League winner medals, having appeared in six finals and winning five of them. The only non-Egyptian to pick up three winners’ medals is Nigeria-born Benin international Mouritala Ogunbiyi, who won his three titles with Tunisian club Etoille and Nigerian side Enyimba. However, several members of Congo DR giants TP Mazembe are greedily eyeing the all-time record list.

International goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba has managed to keep Cote d’Ivoire goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo on the subs bench at TP Mazembe, and the 39-year-old has two CAF Champions League medals under his belt – won in 2009 and 2010. Also on that team looking for a hat-trick of continental titles is Mazembe’s Zambian international Given Singuluma.

At the half-way stage of the group phase of Africa’s premier club competition, Mazembe are well in contention for a place in the semi-finals. Les Corbeaux got their campaign back on track with a victory in Egypt against Smouha on the last match-day and face the same opponent in a Group A game at home this weekend.

Mazembe coach Patrice Carteron will be without defender Yaw Frimpong and midfield duo, Merveille Bope and Rainford Kalaba as the three are suspended for the game against the Egyptians. “In all competitions, these are things that can happen,” Carteron said, adding that he had been impressed with the form of Nathan Sinkala, who returned to the club after loan spells in Europe. “He has been excellent. It will offset the suspension of Merveille [Bope]. The balance of the team is good and we have to continue on from here.”

The Lubumbashi-based club are on five points – behind Sudanese giants Al Hilal, who face Moroccan club Maghreb Tetouan at home. Hilal also have five points, but lead on the number of goals scored. Smouha and Tetouan have three and two points respectively and need to start winning matches if they want to stay in contention.

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