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AmaZulu Shock Mazembe In DRC

AmaZulu are through to the group stages of the CAF Champions League after drawing 1-1 with TP Mazembe in the second leg of their second preliminary round tie at the Stade Mazembe in Lubumbashi. The first leg had been goalless, and Usuthu advance on the away goal rule.

This is AmaZulu’s debut in the CAFCL, after Benni McCarthy guided Usuthu to a second-place finish in the DStv Premiership last season. Mazembe are five-time African champions.

The early momentum was with the home team, and while they put pressure on Usuthu’s defence, Veli Mothwa didn’t have too much to do in goal, though Mercey Ngimbi did go just wide in the 12th minute.

Mazembe wanted a penalty in the 29th minute, but the referee was having none of it, and deemed Mbongeni Gumede’s tackle as fair. A minute later Arsene Zola headed wide from in front of goal, before Ngimbi forced a save from Mothwa.

But it was AmaZulu who grabbed the lead, when in the 38th minute, Bonginkosi Ntuli followed up to finish from a tight angle, after Keagan Buchanan’s initial free kick was saved, but not held onto.

Mothwa made a big save in the 43rd minute, and Ntuli’s goal gave Usuthu the lead at the break, which meant Mazembe would need to score at least twice in the second half.

As expected the second half saw the DRC side push relentlessly to get back into the tie, though chances did come to Usuthu too, Ntuli shooting wide in the 50th minute.

Zemanga Soze shot wide in the 54th minute, while Luvoyo Memela’s cross come shot was cleared off the line two minutes later.

Mothwa made no mistake to grab the ball from in front of Rainford Kalaba, who was unable to control a good cross into the box in the 63rd minute.

Memela almost hit on the counter a minute later, but his shot was deflected wide, and Makhehleni Makhaula went even closer in the 68th minute, as his shot struck the upright.

Mothwa was being kept busy as the half wore on, and had to pull off two saves in a minute, as time began to run out for Mazembe. He was back in the action in the 74th minute to tip over Joseph Ochoya’s attempt. Kalaba went wide two minutes later.

Makhaula’s attempt in the 79th minute lacked power, while Mothwa pulled off another good save two minutes later to keep Usuthu in front.

Mazembe were desperate in the final ten minutes, but McCarthy’s team defended bravely, and Memela almost added to the score on the counter in the 89th minute, but his shot was saved.

Just before full-time Mazembe drew level, but Adam Bossu’s goal was too late, and AmaZulu go through on the away goal rule.

A historical result for the CAFCL debutants, while Mazembe will now contest in the CAF Confederation Cup.

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