Zamalek vs Mazembe by Sureseye
First leg ended 1-0 win to TP Mazembe. An early 13 minute goal was enough for the Congolese side to carry the day at home as the lively start paid off for host after a scramble play in the box fell in the leg of Rainford kalaba who dutifully converted. Zamalek who could have been happy with a draw played without creating any real chance throughout the game but yet stood their ground well defensively. Anyway, the Egyptians will be hoping the tides will turn today. Mauritanian striker Dominique Da Silva and midfielder Hazem Mohamed Emam who both carry a weight of creativity in the team has been handed match bans for assaulting the referee in the first leg as well as reserve goalkeeper Abdelrehim Mahmoud.
Mazembe have had a three week training in North Africa and their confidence are seemingly under question as they lost 3-2 in Tunis against Avenir Sportif de La Marsa en route to Egypt and coach Carteron hopes to gear the team back to strength in matches before this result.
Home advantage do count a lot in matches involving African team, and North African teams are especially hard to play on their home ground. While Zamalek may be a little less creative, we can expect to see a tactically minded game involving a team that will be happy to keep seeing a barren scoreline.
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