Preview: 2014 CAF Champions League – Final – AS Vita Club – ES Sétif
It could have been an all-Congolese Final if ES Sétif hadn’t eliminated TP Mazembe in the Semi-finals (Runner-up in 2010 FIFA Club World Cup) thanks to a goal at 75′ that made them advance for the away goal rule (4-4 on aggregate after a 2-1 home win and a 2-3 away defeat): instead there will be a Final between a Congolese club, AS Vita Club, and an Algerian one, a clash between ”black Africa” and “white Africa”, that usually play different kinds of football, a more technical one is played by the clubs from Maghreb and a more physical one by the teams from Black Africa.
The First Leg will be played today, October 26, in Congo, while the Second one on November 1, in Algeria.
AS VITA CLUB – ES SETIF
First Leg: 26/10/2014 Stade Tata Raphaël, Kinshasa DR Congo.
Second Leg: Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria.
AS Vita Club is a club based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and was founded in 1935 by Honoré Essabe with the name “Renaissance in rue Usoke n° 73“: after changing other names (“Diables Rouges” and ”Victoria Club”), the club assumed the current denomination in 1971.
The club has won so far 12 Linafoot, the Congolese Championship, 9 Coupes du Congo and 1 African Cup of Champions Clubs (1973): the social colours are green (the main one), black and yellow, and the home venue is the Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecôte, that can hold 80.000 people.
The most important players should be the right back Bawaka Mabele, the midfielder Basisila Lusadisu, and the strikers Firmin Ndombe Mubele and Déo Kanda (last year he played in 2013 FIFA Club World Cup with Raja Casablanca), who are both Congolese Internationals, and Yunus Sentamu, who is 20 and is already an Ugandian International.
The Rwandan International Daddy Birori has been banned for 2 years by CAF because he would have used two different names and dates of Birth: the Rwandan passport reports the name Daddy Birori and the date of Birth of 12 December 1986, while the Congolese passport (he was born in Kinshasa) reports the name Etekiama Agil Taddy with a date of birth of 13 December 1990.
AS Vita Club best moments in 2014 AFC Champions League.
ES Sétif was founded by Ali Benaouda and Ali Layass in 1958 in Sétif, Algeria, and has won so far 6 Algerian Ligue 1, the Algerian Championship, 8 Algerian Cups, 1 African Cup of Champions Clubs (1988) and 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship.
The social colours are black and white as a sign of sadness after a confrontation with French Army in a match with FC Gadir and the home venue is the Stade 8 Mai 1945, that can hold 25.000 spectators.
The main players are the goalkeeper Sofiane Khedairia, the defenders Abdelghani Demmou, currently injuried, the full-backs Mohamed Lagraa and Farid Mellouli, the midfielder Toufik Zerara (former player of Sochaux, Beerschot AC and Falkirk FC) and Lazhar Hadj Aïssa (former Algerian International), the advanced midfielder/winger Akram Djahnit, the winger Eudes Dagoulou, a Central African International, and the striker Abdelmalek Ziaya, a former Algerian International.
The Second Leg of the Semi-final: TP Mazembe – ES Sétif 3-2.