CCC: Mazembe in group stage, Lwandamina’s Yanga wired in Algeria
TP Mazembe qualified to the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup while George Lwandamina’s Young Africans tumbled to a 4 – 0 loss in Algeria to drop out of the competition at the pre-group stage round.
Mazembe carried a comfortable 2 – 0 lead into the second leg and they managed to snatch a goalless draw away against JS Kabylie.
Coach Mihayo named Rainford Kalaba in the starting line up together with Nathan Sinkala.
Given Singuluma made the trip but did not make the bench.
Kabaso Chongo was on the bench for the game.
Mazembe captain Rainford Kalaba was substituted in the 66th minute.
Lwandamina will be feeling the pressure in Tanzania after he saw his team dumped out via a 4 – 1 aggregate scoreline by MC Algers.
Both Justin Zulu and Obrey Chirwa were part of the team in Algeria but it was the latter that was at the centre of controversy before the trip for the second leg.
Chirwa had refused to travel with the team together with Togolese defender Bossou citing unpaid dues.
He joined the team which travelled in two batches one via Dubai and another through Turkey later and he was in the starting line up.
Gabon champions CF Mounana made a historic qualification to the group stage after they played to a goalless draw away against Asec Mimosas to qualify 2 – 1 on aggregate.
Alex Ngonga who is on their books is still holed up in Kitwe where he has been spotted training with Power Dynamos.
Mazembe and Mounana join Zesco United, MC Algers, Recreativo do Lobolo, Smouha, KCCA, Club Africain, Mbabane Swallows, CS Sfaxien, Platinum Stars, Horoya, Hilal Obayad, Supersport United, FUS Rabat and Rivers United in the last 16 of the competition.
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