Mazembe take command of Group B

Mazembe take command of Group B

Zambia’s midfielder Rainford Kalaba

TP Mazembe have taken over command of Group A for the first time after a 1-0 home win over Zamalek of Egypt in Lubumbashi on Sunday on match-day-three of the 2014 CAF Champions League pool phase.

A first half goal by Zambia midfielder Rainford Kalaba catapulted the four-time champions to the top of the table after propping up the basement since match-day-one on May 16.

It was an evenly poised first half at Kamalondo Stadium between the two African giants who between themselves have won a combined eight continental crowns.

Mazembe’s Ghana midfielder Solomon Asante tested the five-time champions with a 2nd minute free kick that deflected off the Zamalek wall in what was a busy opening quarter.

Then five minutes later, Zamalek and Pharaohs midfielder Hazem Emam shot was by Robert Kidiaba.

Mazembe stunned their guests in the 13th minute when Asante beat his marker to send the ball into the box for Kalaba who blasted in an unstoppable volley past goalkeeper Abdelwahed El Sayed.

Zamalek’s chances were far and few thereafter and their best chance of the first half came in the 25th minute when midfielder Ibrahim Mohamed’s free kick was saved by Kidiaba.

Meanwhile, the win send Mazembe to six points from three matches after picking up their second successive Group A wins.

Mazembe now enjoy a four point lead in Group A ahead of Al Hilal of Sudan who were held to a 1-1 draw in Khartoum on Friday by Mazembe’s DR Congo rivals AS Vita who are also on four points.

Zamalek on the other hand have three points from as many games played after suffering their second away Group A defeat, coincidentally after falling 2-1 again in DR Congo on May 18 this time in Kinshasa at AS Vita.

However, Zamalek have a chance to set the record straight on July 26 when the competition resumes after the 2014 Fifa World Cup when they host Mazembe in Cairo on match-day-four.Supersport

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