Caf Champions League: Muleka Strikes As TP Mazembe Edge Zesco United
Jackson Muleka grabbed his second brace in as many matches following Saturday’s double which helped TP Mazembe edge Zesco United 2-1 away in a Group A match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
Muleka struck in either half against the Zambians who scored through Winston Kalengo to remain winless in this campaign.
In what was their second straight victory in this group, Mazembe are guaranteed top spot regardless of the result between Zamalek and Primeiro Agosto later on.Editors’ Picks
Having scored another brace in TP Mazembe’s 3-0 thumping of Zamalek seven days earlier in Lubumbashi, Muleka was back with another double in Ndola.
He is now the Caf Champions League top scorer so far in this campaign.
The DR Congo international first struck 10 minutes into the match after coming onto the end of Chico Ushindi’s assist.
Three minutes after the hour mark, Muleka haunted the Zambians again with another goal off a ball by Glody Likonza.
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Hosts Zesco United tried to claw their way back into the match when Kalengo scored on 67 minutes after being set up by Jesse Were.
It was too little, too late for the Zambians who drew their first group game against Agosto.
Mazembe will again be on the road in their next match when they visit Agosto two days after Christmas Day while Zesco host Zamalek on the same day.
Wydad Casablanca 0–0 Mamelodi Sundowns: Sundowns Secure Vital Point In Morocco
Mamelodi Sundowns secured a vital point when they drew 0-0 away to Wydad Casablanca in their second Group C Caf Champions League match on Saturday night at Stade Mohamed V.
The Brazilians boss Pitso Mosimane made changes in his squad and brought in Themba Zwane who made his first return from injury since October.
As early as the 15th minute, Sundowns were under attack and goalkeeper Denis Onyango was called into action and collected a soft shot from the hosts.
In an aim to open the scoring, Gaston Sirino had an opportunity to break the deadlock two minutes later but his snapshot from just outside the box went inches from finding the back of the net.
In the 39th minute, Andile Jali received a yellow card for a reckless foul before Thapelo Morena went one on one with goalkeeper Ahmed Tagnaouti, yet his shot was punched away by the experienced goalkeeper.
It was goalless at half time, a result the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions would enjoy as they were out to avoid a defeat away in Morocco.
Upon their return from the tunnel, Mosimane made changes in his squad and brought on Lebohang Maboe for Ali Meza whilst Sphelele Mkhulise replaced Zwane, yet his men could not find their way through a stubborn Wydad defence.
However, Mkhulise’s introduction nearly paid dividends when he broke away from the opposing defence and unleashed a shot at goal from a tight angle but Tagnaouti managed to recover and produced a fine save.
With 18 minutes to go, defender Tebogo Langerman found his way through to the final third using his speed to break down the Wydad defence, yet he couldn’t get a toe to the ball played through.
Sundowns continued to probe for their first goal in the match in the 76th minute and Sirino saw his effort from range going wide off the target.
In their quest to secure their first win away from home, Mosimane introduced Sibusiso Vilakazi for Sirino in the 82nd minute, but the changes could not yield the desired results as both outfits walked away with a point apiece.
Resulting for the draw, the 2016 African champions now occupy top spot with four points in the group whilst the Moroccans sit third with two points so