November 8, 2015


TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo were crowned club champions of Africa for a fifth time after a 2-0 victory over Algeria's USM Alger in the second leg of the Champions League final. 

The goals came from the Tanzanian Mbwana Samatta and Ivory Coast's Roger Assale in front of their home fans in Lubumbashi. The victory gave Mazembe a 4-1 triumph on aggregate, after the Congolese side had won 2-1 in the first leg in Algiers last weekend. 

Samatta broke the deadlock in the 75th minute, putting Mazembe ahead from the penalty spot. 

It was Samatta's seventh goal of the campaign, to leave him as the joint leading scorer of the African Champions League, alongside Bakry 'Al Medina' Babiker of Sudan's Al Merrikh. Assale made sure of the victory with a goal deep into stoppage time. 

Mazembe, managed by Frenchman Patrice Carteron, clinched this trophy for the first time since 2010, when they crushed Esperance of Tunisia 6-1 overall.They also won the premier African club football competition the previous year, and are the only sub-Saharan side to achieve the feat since 2004. 

North African teams had dominated the African Champions League in recent years, with eight of the last 10 title-holders coming from Egypt or Tunisia. But the first-leg deficit, and Mazembe's home advantage, meant it was an uphill struggle for USM Alger to stage a comeback. 

Mazembe's success means they will now represent Africa at the Fifa Club World Cup later this year in Japan. 

Source: BBC Sport