African Champions League: TP Mazembe begin with victory


TP Mazembe of DR Congo last lifted the African Champions League trophy in 2015

DR Congo’s TP Mazembe began their African Champions League Group C campaign with a 2-0 win over Egypt’s Ismaili.

In Saturday’s other matches Tanzania’s Simba easily beat JS Saoura of Algeria 3-0 while Zimbabwe’s Platinum Stars and South Africa’s Orlando Pirates ended goalless.

Mazembe’s victory in Lubumbashi came despite playing the second half with ten men following the dismissal of Ivory Coast keeper Sylvain Gbohouo.

The Ivorian was dismissed just before the break for a foul on Benson Chilongo but replacement goalkeeper Aime Bakula saved the resulting penalty to keep the score at 0-0.

The hosts took the lead in the 82nd minute when substitute Chico Ushindi headed home a cross from Tresor Mputu…

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