Soccer players of TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo celebrate their victory over USM Alger of Algeria in the African Champions League final at the Stade TP Mazembe in the Kamalondo suburb of Lubumbashi, the capital of Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, November 8, 2015. His trademark Stetson aside, Moise Katumbi has worn many hats in Democratic Republic of Congo, as one of the vast African country's most successful businessman and its most powerful provincial governor. But it could be his ownership of Africa's top soccer club, TP Mazembe, and the popular clout that bestows, that propels Katumbi all the way to the top job in the country should he try to succeed President Joseph Kabila next year. Picture taken November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe Credit: File Photo
  • Saturday February 18, 2017
  • Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA) Vs TP Mazembe (DRC) – Lucas Moripe stadium
[/media-credit] TP Mazembe celebrate after winning the 2016 CAF Super Cup Credit: CAF

US $100,000 is at stake as African champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and the CAF Confederation Cup holders TP Mazembe face off.

The 25th edition of the competition will be hosted in South Africa as a privilege offered by CAF to Sundowns for winning the CAF Champions League.

Going by the previous ties, Denis Onyango’s side, Sundowns will the advantage given that only thrice (1992, 1997, and 2011), has the winner of the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup lifted the one-off match trophy.

However, in TP Mazembe, they face a big challenge as the Les Corbeaux’ has won three CAF Super Cup titles since 2009 but for the first time in history, they will play away from their home in Lubumbashi grounds.

The Squads

On paper, the two sides look decent with the hosts having in their ranks, three of the five players shortlisted for the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa (2016) namely eventual winner Denis Onyango, Khama Billiat and Hlompho Kekana.

But Keegan Dolly, another of the five nominees has since left for French side, Montpellier.

Like Sundowns with Dolly, Mazembe will be without the trio of Jonathan Bolingi, Merveille Bope and Christian Luyindama, who have also moved to Belgian side, Standard Liege.

The Previous winners since 1992

1992: Africa Sports (Côte d’Ivoire)

1993: Zamalek (Egypt)

1994: Esperance (Tunisia)

1995: Orlando Pirates (South Africa)

1996: Zamalek (Egypt)

1997: Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)

1998: ASEC Mimosas (Côte d’Ivoire)

1999: Raja Casablanca (Morocco)

2000: Hearts of Oak (Ghana)

2001: Al-Ahly (Egypt)

2002: Zamalek (Egypt)

2003: Enyimba (Nigeria)

2004: Enyimba (Nigeria)

2005: Al-Ahly (Egypt)

2006: Al-Ahly (Egypt)

2007: Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)

2008: Al-Ahly (Egypt)

2009: TP Mazembe (DR Congo)

2010: TP Mazembe (DR Congo)

2011: MAS Fès (Morocco)

2012: Al-Ahly (Egypt)

2013: Al-Ahly (Egypt)

2014: Entente Sportive Setif (Algeria)

2015: TP Mazembe (DR Congo)

2017: ???

Ismael Kiyonga

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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