TP Mazembe will be relying on their intimidating CAF Champions League home form and fan support to keep their title dream alive after Raja Casablanca ended their unbeaten run in the quartefinal first leg. The match is on Saturday (7th Mar, 2020) from 1500 CAT.
TP Mazembe Probable XI: Gbohou – Mpeko, Chongo, Mwape, Ochaya – Koffi, Likonza – Ushindi, Kalaba, Tshibangu – Muleka (4-2-3-1)
Raja Casablanca Probable XI: Zniti – Madkour, Warfali, Banoun, Ngah – Ngoma, Arjoune – Hafidi, Zridi, Rahimi – Malango (4-2-3-1)
What is at stake?
TP Mazembe have already lost the case on Ben Malango. FIFA ruled that striker is a Raja Casablanca player. And that the matter will be settled when the Moroccan side compensates Mazembe money-wise.
It will be a double blow if they fail to recover from the 2-0 loss they suffered in Casablanca. The first thing they will count on is the fact that they have not lost at home in the CAF Champions League for 11 years. But they need to win well.
Raja Casablanca have already reached the semis of the Arab Club Championship. They know how to handle knockout matches. The Moroccan team can afford to lose by a 1-goal margin as they suddenly find themselves favorite for the tie. They are not taking any chances. Raja Casablanca will have extra security for Ben Malango in Lubumbashi, they will also work with their own cooks from Morocco.
What will the match be like?
TP Mazembe are quite ferocious at home. They play very direct football with little pretence about building play or “being patient.” Their efforts to overturn Raja’s lead will be boosted by the return of, winger, Chico Ushindi from injury. He can bring out more from Jackson Muleka. The young striker could not score in the first leg.
Kalaba is another high profile who has not quite delivered the goods for TP Mazembe. He is having a quiet tournament and does not have a window to go missing in another CAF Champions League match.
Raja Casablanca finally had a full-strength team on the pitch during the 1st leg match. They did not disappoint as they got a comfortable lead. Coach, Sellami is definitely tempted to set out conservatively to hold out the hosts as long as they can. But he will be wise to subscribe to the rule of not changing a winning team. Even, captain, Moutouali should accept with a substitute appearance.
Otherwise, the only change expected is the one forced on him at right back position with Boutayeb and Achchakir out injured. Their primary objective will be to score just 1 goal to demotivate TP Mazembe from dreaming of a come back.
TP Mazembe 1-1 Raja Casablanca
Raja Casablanca have enough quality to get the solitary goal they need to kill the tie.TP Mazembe will have to be far more clinical in a match they are likely not to create as many chances as they did against their weaker group stage opponents.