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We shall bounce bounce back, says Moise Katumbi after TP Mazembe elimination

Mazembe hopes dashed by late goal as arch rivals AS Vita Club make final against Entente Setif. Vita produced a shock 2-1 away win over CS Sfaxienof Tunisia for a 4-2 aggregate victory to book their first final appearance in 33 years


A rare Champions League Final between two DR Congo teams had been in the offing before TP Mazembe of Lubumbashi, four-time title holders, were eliminated in the semi-finals.

The other team, AS Vita Club of capital city Kinshasa will instead play Algeria’s Entente Setif.

Historic

Mazembe, who lost the semi-final first leg in Algeria 2-1, were leading the second 3-1 at home and seemingly on the verge of going through to an historic first all-DR Congo final to meet AS Vita Club.

But Setif struck a second precious away goal 11 minutes from time to seize the advantage.

Away goal

That made the score 4-4 on aggregate, with Setif going through on the away goals ruling and ensuring the Algerians’ first final appearance since they won the title in 1988.

Both of Setif’s goals came from crosses that caught out home goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba. Abdelmalek Ziaya netted in the eighth minute and substitute Sofiane Younes late in the second half.

Final

After going behind to Ziaya’s opener, Mazembe fought back with goals from Daniel Adjei, Salif Coulibaly and Joel Merikani only to see their goalkeeper beaten by Younes’s late cross from near the corner flag.

Setif will meet Vita Club, in the final.

Mazembe owner, Moise Katumbi, the enigmatic Governor of Katanga was gracious in defeat saying his club had done as well as they could. He said he was proud of their top-notch performance “year-in-year-out.

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Mazembe reached the 2010 Final of the Fifa World Club Cup but lost to Italy’s Internazionale 3-0.

Vita produced a shock 2-1 away win over CS Sfaxien of Tunisia for a 4-2 aggregate victory to book their first final appearance in 33 years.

Same feat

Vita also won their home game 2-1 and became the first club in the 50 year history of Africa’s premier club competition to defend a 2-1 first-leg advantage, with Setif achieving the same feat against Mazembe on Sunday.

Vita Club fell behind in the match in Sfax early on, when Zied Derbali gave 2006 Champions League runners-up Sfaxien the lead on 26 minutes.

Second half

Nelson Munganga levelled just before half-time. Ugandan Yunus Sentamu put the Kinshasa club ahead 10 minutes into the second half, leaving Sfaxien needing at least three goals to survive.

Vita Club will host the first leg of the final against Entente Setif on 26 October with the return in Algeria on 1 November.