Off-the-field drama at Moses Mabhida as Royal AM bow out of CAF Confed Cup

Royal AM captain Sam Manganyi - Photo- Facebook - Royal AM

Royal AM crashed out of the CAF Confederation Cup after losing 1-0 to TP Mazembe of DR Congo in the second leg of the additional second preliminary round at Moses Mabhida Stadium. This meant Mazembe won the round by a 3-0 aggregate score after they defeated the South African side 2-0 in Lubumbashi.

However, It was a night of drama at the iconic venue as the fans of both sides fought in the stands, interrupting the game. The TP Mazembe fans also got into an altercation with the security personnel at the stadium. It was then tha the police were called to intervene, and to eventually put the situation under control.

Prior to the second half, the DRC side claimed that their locker room was broken into and their passports, cell phones and other personal items were stolen.

TP Mazembe tweeted the incident claiming that “The players resumed the second half with a big blow behind. Several effects stolen from the locker room during the first half (passports and telephones)”.

And after the game, the technical team of Mazembe refused to speak to the media. Which is exactly the same attitude they showed during the open media day. 

TP Mazembe are reportedly stuck in Durban as they were unable to travel without their passports that they claim were stolen. According to several reports, the animosity all started in the DR Congo where the Royal AM President Shauwn ‘MaMkhize’ Mkhize wasn’t happy with the “hostile” treatment they received. 

ThisIsFootball.Africa attempted to get hold of the media officials at Royal AM but the phones rang unanswered. 

TP Mazembe marched to the group stages of the tournament, and will learn their opponents on the 16th of November when CAF conducts the draw for both CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

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Royal AM captain Sam Manganyi - Photo- Facebook - Royal AM
Royal AM captain Sam Manganyi – Photo- Facebook – Royal AM