Tanzania hot-shot Mbwana Samatta made was on the scoresheet again as Congolese side TP Mazembe won 2-1 away to USM Alger in the first leg of their CAF Champions League final at the Omar Hammady Stadium.
In a match that saw both sides reduced to 10 men, Zambia forward Rainford Kalaba put the visitors in the lead after 27 minutes, riffling home from 25 yards past USM keeper Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche who would be made busy the whole night.
Kalaba was then sent off at the stroke of half time for an off the ball incident.
The second half saw the hosts also go a man down after Hocine El Orfi was sent off for a second bookable offence after 67 minutes having handled the ball in the box.
Nathan Sinkala stepped forward but his effort was saved by Mohamed Zemmamouche. However, Samatta didn’t err after he won a second penalty from a Naceredine Khoualed foul in the 79th minute which he netted to put his side 2-0 up.
Mohameed Seguer pulled one back with a brilliant goal just two minutes to the final whistle but the Congolese side never looked in danger of surrendering their advantage.
Barring an upset, Mazembe are likely to be crowned African champions for a fifth time when they host USM in the second leg in Lubumbashi on 8 November.
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