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DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo club Tout Puissant Mazembe reached the African Champions League final on Sunday despite a shock 2-0 home loss to Sudanese side Al-Hilal.
Mazembe qualified 5-4 on goal aggregate after winning the first leg of the semifinal 5-2 in Omdurman two weeks ago and will face Nigerian team Heartland in a two-leg climax.
A record $1,5million (R11million) will be on offer for the winners, a 50 percent hike from last year when Al-Ahly of Egypt defeated Cotonsport Garoua of Cameroon in the final to claim a record sixth title.
Winning the premier Confederation of African Football club competition also earns the victors an invitation to the Fifa Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in December.
Mazembe coaches and officials boasted that Hilal were wasting their time travelling to Lubumbashi in the south of the vast, mineral-rich central African country after a three-goal home hiding.
But Brazil-born Hilal coach Paulo Campos refused to throw in the towel, telling Sudanese reporters anything was possible in football, even a four-goal away victory over Mazembe.
By half time at the Municipal Stadium in Lubumbashi the South American must have believed the impossible was possible after Zimbabwe-born striker Edward Sadomba gave Hilal a 2-0 advantage.
Another couple of goals in the second half would have taken Hilal to their first final in sensational fashion, but it was not to be as Mazembe tightened up at the back and there were no further goals.
Heartland will host the first leg of the final in the southeast city of Owerri over the weekend of October 31 with the return fixture in Lubumbashi one week later.
The clubs clashed in the mini-league stage of the competition, with Mazembe and Heartland winning 2-0 at home.
Heartland lost 4-1 on aggregate to Entente Setif in the 1988 final when the club was known as Iwuanyanwu Nationale. Mazembe reached a record four consecutive finals from 1967, winning the first two and losing the others when called TP Englebert. - Sapa-AFP