Former chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, Brigadier General Dominic Oneya (rtd) will be the match commissioner in today’s CAF Champions League final first- leg clash between TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo and USM Alger scheduled for Bologhine, Algeria
USM Alger are yet to win the continental trophy, the DR Congo outfit, TP Mazembe would be seeking a fifth African glory since their back-to-back triumphs in 2009 and 2010.
The East and North Africa countries club sides finished top of their respective groups before seeing off the Sudanese duo of Khartoum heavyweights Al Hilal and Al Merreikh in the semifinals.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday who have been monitoring the champions league since the preliminaries can report that the two clubs are battle ready for the make or mar encounter as today’s showdown will mark the first ever meeting between the two clubs in CAF Champions League final.
USMA will have to cope with the absence of several players, including injured defender Ayoub Abdellaoui and suspended duo Rabie Meftah and Andria Carolus.
Mazembe are four-time champions of Africa: 1967, 1968, 2009 and 2010.
According to, Mbwana Samatta is their leading scorer in the Champions League, having netted six goals.
USM has won nine of their 14 matches in the Champions League in 2015, with three draws and two losses. They have scored 24 goals and conceded 11.
This will be USMA’s first appearance in the Champions League final (or any CAF final). Their previous best showing was the semifinal of the Champions League in 2003 when Enyimba beat them.
Youcef Belaili is their leading scorer in the Champions League, having netted four goals.
With the return leg scheduled for November 8 in Lubumbashi, DR Congo, Nigerian Pilot Sports expects that both clubs would be cautious to avoid red card and injuries in the first leg even as football pundits are of the opinion that Mazembe will carry the day following their experience the continental game.

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