ZAMBIAN DUO POWER MAZEMBE TO ORANGE SUPER CUP VICTORY - Monday, February 22, 2010
Zambian duo Sunzu Stoppila and Given Singuluma powered TP Mazembe to the Orange CAF Super Cup title, courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Stade Malien of Mali on Sunday.

The duo scored in each half as the Orange Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League holders added the Orange CAF Super Cup to their trophy cabinet and confirmed their status as the best club currently on the continent.

Playing in front of a packed crowd at the Stade Omnisport de la Kenya in Lubumbashi, the DR Congo champions could not afford to slip and they lived up to the billing of pre-favourites with the talking on the pitch.

With both sides parading new faces in their setup, it was Mazembe, whose new recruits proved their worth with a performance that gave no clue to their debutant status.

On the quarter-hour mark, Stoppila, one of the new recruits in the Mazembe squad, soared above his markers to head home the opener from a corner kick.

Mazembe goalie, Muteba Kidiaba, who was rarely tested on the day, responded to the opener with his famous bottom-dragging celebration amid chants from the fans.

The goal set the stadium alive but Stade Malien, who fielded an entirely new squad from the squad that lifted the Orange Confederation Cup, gave a good account of themselves with some occasional flashes of brilliance.

As the Mazembe fans roared for more goals, the Malians took charge of the game with dominance in midfield, but were never dangerous in front of goal.

The second half resumed at the same tempo, with both teams battling for dominance on the rain-soaked pitch of the Stade Omnisport de la Kenya, located in the copper-rich city of Lubumbashi.

Talismanic Mazembe captain Tresor Mputu appeared ordinary and this rendered their attack redundant, compelling Head Coach Diego Garzito to bring on Singuluma in the last half hour.

Singuluma, top scorer at the maiden African Nations Championship (CHAN) proved his worth by heading home from a corner kick 10 minutes from time and sealing victory for Les Corbeaux.

With defeat staring at them, the Stade Malien players reorganised themselves, but their efforts were not enough to even earn them consolation, as they sat dejected on the field after the proceedings ended.

By the victory, Mazembe become the first Congolese club to lift the Super Cup trophy since its inception in 1993.