Medeama dash Yanga hopes

16Aug 2016
Mohammed Ugasa
The Guardian
Medeama dash Yanga hopes

YOUNG Africans hopes of cruising into the semi-final berth of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup, came to a shuddering halt when Ghanaian Medeama beat group A leaders TP Mazembe by 3-2 goals with last-gasp efforts at their Sekondi base on Sunday.

Medeama SC striker Moses Amponsah Sarpong celebrates a goal during the CAF Confederation Cup match against TP Mazembe in Sekondi on Sunday. Medeama won 3-2.

The victory by the Ghanaians has shoved Yanga outside semi-final berth track as the Mainland Tanzania champions have a possibility of attaining a ceiling of seven points, should they beat TP Mazembe in final group game in Lubumbashi.

Medeama’s eight point mark becomes unassailable by Yanga and rules out their semi-final progression aspirations. Medeama is the only team in the group to shock leaders TP Mazembe when they scored deep into stoppage time during the return leg before their partisan home supporters.

Out with dust, Yanga should now learn from the mistakes they committed during the five-match series when they managed to win the only match at home to visiting Algerian Mo Bejaia on Saturday.

While TP Mazembe have comfortably secured the semi-final slot, the tussle for the other slot is now between Mo Bejaia and Medeama who meet on the series final match. Yanga will have to fight to avoid pushover status and beat TP Mazembe in a formality match in Lubumbashi.

Medeama will have to travel all the way to Algiers to meet hosts Mo Bejaia who will be under pressure to win by over two goals if they are to realise their semi-final berth dream. Medeama will be playing with huge psychological composure as they minimum result they look for is a draw while avoiding a 3-0 loss.

Medeama who lost by 3-1 goals in the series opener shocked TP Mazembe with two two goals before the RD Congo side pulled a dramatic draw midway into the second half.

While TP Mazembe resorted to complacency, drama unfolded in the final minutes when the Ghanaians scored the last-gasp goal to stay on pole position.