Posted On Monday, 29th April 2013
By Ameenu Shardow
Ghana defender Richard Kissi-Boateng emerged the hero by coming on as a second-half substitute to score the winner for TP Mazembe in their derby win over AS Vita Club.
The left-back rose above on-rushing Vita goalkeeper Herve Lomboto to nudge in a Tresor Mputu cross on 76 minutes to restore Mazembe’s lead in the DR Congo top flight game played on Sunday.
Kissi-Boateng was dropped to the TP Mazembe bench with their crucial return leg match of their CAF Champions League game against Orlando Pirates on the horizon.
He however replaced Patrick Ochan in the 66th minute – a substitution that paid off 10 minutes later.
The Ravens had taken a 26th minute lead through Issama Mpeko but it was cancelled eight minutes later through Vita striker Tagy Egiti Etekiama.
With the Mazembe home crowd getting increasingly nervous as the game headed for a draw, Kissi-Boateng popped up to head in the winner off an Mputu cross with 14 minutes left to play.
The win sees Mazembe move to second in the DR Congo top flight – three points behind leaders; Sanga Balende Mbuji-Mayi but with a game in hand.
The derby win also boosts Mazembe ahead of their crucial second leg clash in the ultimate qualifying round of the CAF Champions League against Orlando Pirates this weekend.
The Ravens trail the South African club 3-1 going into the second leg clash this Sunday.