Club S Sfaxien of Tunisia weekend won the sum of $660,000, about 485,000 euros, having emerged champions of the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup, beating TP Mazembe on 3-2 aggregate despite losing the final second leg 2-1 on Saturday.
Mazembe from DR Congo, who have also won the CAF Champions League four times, in 1967, 1968, 2009 and 2010, overturned the two-goal deficit they suffered in Tunisia a week ago.
But, Tunisia international Fahkreddine Ben Youssef’s header in the 88th minute proved to be the decisive goal to deny the home team a first success in the competition and hand Sfaxien a third Confederation Cup trophy, having also won in 2007 and 2008.
Chiebane Traore gave Mazembe the lead in the 10th minute from a rebound off a shot by Zambia striker Given Singuluma.
Tanzania star Mbwana Samatta fired into the roof of the net for Mazembe’s second goal after 24 minutes when he was set up on the edge of the box by the diminutive Solomon Asante.
Mazembe took the game to Sfaxien the moment South African referee Daniel Bennett blew the first whistle in front of an 18,500-strong crowd in Lubumbashi.
After Traore’s opener, the home team continued to threaten the Tunisian’s goal with skipper Tresor Mputu and Traore both coming close.
The attacking forays of Sfaxien were few and far between, but in the 19th minute veteran Mazembe goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba saved at the feet of lone ranger Idrissa Kouyate.
In the 44th minute, Traore was denied another goal by Sfaxien goalkeeper Rami Jridi, who flung himself to block a goal-bound effort by the unmarked Malian forward.
After the interval, Sfaxien opened up and tried to get back into the game.
In the 54th minute, Mputu fired over the bar from inside the box after a fine run down the right flank by the busy Asante.
And moments later, Yaw Frimpong was denied by the Sfaxien goalkeeper after he shot for goal at the end of a brilliant solo run from the right wing.
Substitute Thomas Ulemwengu tested the reflexes of Jridi in the 74th minute before Boubacar Diarra saw his effort crash against the crossbar as Mazembe continued to pile on the pressure.
Sfaxien played a compact defence to soak up all the pressure from their hosts before they finally delivered the back breaking championship winner two minutes from time.
Apart from pocketing the top prize money of $660,000 (485,000 euros), Sfaxien will square up against CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly of Egypt in next year’s CAF Super Cup.