African champions TP Mazembe will be lifted by the recent triumph of DR Congo at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda when they gun for a third CAF Super Cup against Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel on Saturday.
Earlier this month, DR Congo won the competition reserved for home-based players for a second time when they thumped Mali 3-0 in the final in Rwanda.
Several Mazembe stars, including skipper Joel Kimwaki and striker Jonathan Bolingi, were part of a side that deservedly won the trophy and were rewarded for their exploits by the country’s president with brand-new 4×4s.
The five-time African champions will be looking to win a third Super Cup on Saturday afternoon in Lubumbashi after previous victories in 2010 and 2011.
But the Ravens, will be without Tanzania international striker Mbwana Samatta, who joined Belgian side Genk in January after four seasons at the Congolese club.On the other hand, Etoile du Sahel, have also won the Super Cup twice, in 1998 and 2008. They were also runners-up in 2004 and 2007.
They currently lead the Tunisian league by a point from CS Sfaxien after 16 matches and defeated South Africa’s Orlando Pirates to win their second Confederation Cup last year.
Etoile will parade Alaya Brigui, Diogo da Silva Farias and Hamza Lahmar, who have scored five goals apiece this season in the domestic championship.
Algeria’s ES Setif won last year’s Super Cup when they defeated Egyptian giants Al Ahly 6-5 on penalties after the teams played to a 1-1 draw in Blida.