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TP Mazembe beat Stade Malien to win Africa Super Cup

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BBC Sports - February 21, 2010
TP Mazembe

Champions League holders TP Mazembe beat Stade Malien of Mali 2-0 to win the Africa Super Cup on Sunday.

Zambian duo of Sunzu Stopila and Given Singuluma scored to seal victory for the DR Congo side in Lubumbashi.

Stopila rose highest to head home from a corner on the quarter hour mark to put his side in the lead.

His compatriot Singuluma, who came on as a substitute, doubled the lead with ten minutes remaining when he also headed in from a corner.

Victory for Mazembe in the clash of Champions League and Confederation Cup holders ended a north African monopoly with Al-Ahly of Egypt winning three of the last four games and Etoile Sahel of Tunisia the other.

It also confirmed the advantage playing at home brings to the Champions League holders as they have won all but one of 15 matches staged under this system.

The first three matches were played at neutral venues, but poor attendances forced the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to change the system and it may consider a two-leg contest in future for greater fairness.

Mazembe won six of seven games at the 35,000-capacity Kenya Stadium en route to winning the Champions League a third time last year and domestic and international opponents have found them virtually invincible at the venue.

Stade, shock winners of the second-tier Confederation Cup after a penalty shootout with Entente Setif of Algeria in Bamako, won only once in seven away outings as they became the first Malian club to lift a Caf trophy.

Malien were indebted to the 12-goal haul of Bakary Coulibaly and Ousmane Bagayoko for their African success, but the duo moved to Egyptian club Al-Masry last month and were sorely missed.

A capacity crowd that included Caf president Issa Hayatou from Cameroon saw 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squad member Sunzu soar above everyone to nod home a corner and ease Mazembe nerves.

Veteran Congolese goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba, back on international duty after completing a two-match ban from the 2009 Fifa Club World Cup, celebrated in traditional bottom-dragging fashion to the delight of Mazembe supporters.

Stade responded by taking control of midfield on a rain-soaked pitch, but they had nothing to offer up front, leaving Kidiaba a virtual spectator in the battle for the US$75,000 winners prize.

With normally inspirational captain Mabi Mputu strangely subdued in his role as goal creator, the home team had to wait until Singuluma copied Sunzu by heading in a corner before the celebrations could begin.


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