World finalists Mazembe face FUS in African Super Cup

JOHANNESBURG - Shock FIFA Club World Cup finalists TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo will play FUS Rabat of Morocco on January 29 in Lubumbashi for the African Super Cup.

By (AFP)

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Published: Thu 16 Dec 2010, 11:04 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:58 AM

The one-off match between African Champions League winners Mazembe and African Confederation Cup title holders FUS will complete the 2010 African Football Confederation (CAF) season.

Launched in 1993, the match was staged at a neutral venue for three years before poor crowds forced the organisers to give continental champions home advantage.

This has given the champions a clear advantage with the last visiting club to lift the trophy being Etoile Sahel of Tunisia 12 years ago after a penalty shootout against Raja Casablanca in Morocco.

Africa Sports of Ivory Coast are the only other non-champions to triumph, winning the first edition on penalties when neutral venue Abidjan happened to be their home ground.

Mazembe, who face Inter Milan of Italy Saturday in Abu Dhabi for the world title after stunning Internacional of Brazil 2-0, are seeking a Super Cup double after defeating Stade Malien of Mali 2-0 this year.

Al-Ahly of Egypt have raised the Super Cup a record four times followed by Cairo neighbours Zamalek with three successes and Enyimba of Nigeria and Etoile Sahel with two each.

Africa Sports and ASEC Mimosas of Ivory Coast, Esperance of Tunisia, Hearts of Oak of Ghana, Mazembe, Orlando Pirates of South Africa and Raja with one title apiece complete the list.

Super Cup winners receive 75,000 dollars and losers 50,000 and TV rights, advertising and an expected sell-out 35,000 crowd at the Municipal Stadium in the southern Congolese city will bolster the kitty substantially.

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