A Rainford Kalaba brace helped TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo to beat outplay Algeria’s MO Bejaia 4-1 Sunday to win the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time.
The Lubumbashi ‘Ravens’ won the second-tier African club competition 5-2 on aggregate after drawing the first leg against the ‘Crabs’ 1-1 in North Africa last weekend.
On Sunday, the DRC outfit went ahead in Lubumbashi after just seven minutes through Merveille Bope who reacted quickest to a Jean Kasusula free- kick which hit the woodwork.
Zambia international Kalaba scored home a volley on the stroke of halftime to make it 2-0 and scored again just after the hour mark to put the result beyond the Algerians, appearing in their first continental cup final.
Bejaia scored a consolation goal in the 75th minute from Sofiane Khadir but the three-goal advantage was restored within 60 seconds by Jonathan Bolingi.
TP Mazembe will receive $660,000 following their Confederation Cup triumph with Bejaia receiving the runners-up prize of $462,000.
Mazembe will now play this year’s African Champions League winners, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, in the 2017 African Super Cup on the weekend on 17-19 February.