Rainford Kalaba on Saturday scored one goal to put TP Mazembe one step closer to lifting the 2015 CAF Champions League title.

Mazembe beat USM Algiers of Algeria 2-1 away in a first leg, final match.

Kalaba scored the first goal in the 27th minute against 10-man USM in Algiers before Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta added the winner from the penalty spot in the 79th minute.

Kalaba was the only Zambian player in Mazembe’s final 18 for the match.

USM scored their consolation two minutes before full-time through Mohamed Seguer.

The two sides meet in the final leg this Sunday in Lubumbashi with Mazembe needing just a draw to pick up their fifth African title and first since 2010.

Al Ahly of Egypt are the record winner with eight titles followed by their Cairo arch-rivals Zamalek on five while Mazembe are the third most successful club in Africa.

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  1. Lusakatimes you fail to mention that he was dismissed for bad behaviour soon afterwards. Unfortunately that’s why he has failed to make it in the top echelons of top paying European football ? leagues. Sadly he will also miss the final and the next international game in the next season. Silly chap even when he was dismissed he refused to leave! I thing he must be punished further to help him tone down his temperament. You could clearly see the team missed him soon afterwards!

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    • That was my shock with this story no mention of Kalaba’s red card. However MB if you replay the red card incident you will see that Kalaba weakly stretches his arm out to the Algerian who play acts to the maximum. It is the Algerian who should be red carded if CAF do have technical review commitee. Kalaba’s red card should be rescinded. Mazembe need to appeal

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    • whoever wrote this story did not watch the match. It was indeed an exciting match. Kalaba was red carded just before half time. An algerian player was also red carded in the second half. Sinkala missed a penalty and was later substituted. MAzember were a better team of the two..

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    • @Ubuntungwa mu Jambojambo unfortunately the referees decision is final and we can not speculate on who was not given a red card! I like Kalaba but our boys don’t have exposure- you know they will catch it on camera ? and the linesman or second referee has direct wireless access to the referee and touchline referee and will pick up any misdemeanor immediately!

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    • MB If you watch the EPL, you will have observed that a referee’s decision in a red card incident can be overturned on appeal. Arsenal’s Gabriel Paulista’s red card at Chelsea was overturned. So was Newcastle’s Fabricio Colloccini. Kalaba’s red card can be appealed

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  2. Comment:sinkala also played and missed a penalty, don’t be like the misformed commentator who kept calling him by another person’s name

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  3. LT!!!! How do you misinform the whole world like that.

    This story is full of false statements. Sinkala was there also. Kalaba was dismissed in the 39th minute, etc. Do we need to be telling you stories when you are the one provoking to read your articles.

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  4. Whoever wrote this report need to be dismissed for incompetence! Misinformed the readers big time. When Kalaba scored, USM were still 11, Sinkala also played & Mazembe were the better side. That SuperSport commentator must also be reprimanded. He repeatedly referred to Sinkala by a wrong name! !! Aaaaahhh

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  5. Whooo we Zambians are shameless critics and sceptics, always concentrating on negative side of things, never offers constructive advise and we always blaming and insulting.

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  6. They were actually two zambians namelly Kalaba and Sinkala.Mazembe scored through Kalaba when their opponent were 11 against 11.These reporting is a danger to society.

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