Zambia international Rainford Kalaba scored twice as TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo beat Algeria’s Mouloudia Bejaia 4-1 at home yesterday to win the African Confederation Cup for the first time.
Kalaba hammered 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.
Mazembe were eliminated early in the defence of their African Champions League trophy this year and dropped down to the continent’s second tier club competition.
They will receive 660,000 United States dollars following their Confederation Cup triumph with Bejaia receiving the runners-up prize of 462,000 United States dollars.
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.