T.P Mazambe, yesterday in Lumumbashi, survived a major scare from Al Hilal, to set up a tantalising African Champions League final clash with Heartland of Nigeria, to be played across two legs, next month.
The outfit from the DR Congo, scraped into the final after a 2-0 home defeat to Sudanâ€™s Al Hilal.
Al Hilal fought back after being beaten 5-2 in Omdurman a fortnight ago, but it wasnâ€™t enough as the homers advanced with a 5-4 aggregate score.
Zimbabwean Edward Sadomba scored both goals in a seven-minute spell in the first half.
TP Mazembe will face Nigeriaâ€™s Heartland in the final.
Al Hilal coach Paulo Campos had promised before the match that his team would walk away with a 4-0 win, the margin of victory needed to reach the final.
But it wasnâ€™t to be as the twice African Champions tightened up at the back in the second half. It is the first time the Congolese club have reached the final since 1970.
Nigeriaâ€™s Heartland will host the first leg in Owerri on the weekend of 31 October – 1 November.
Then it will be back to Lubumbashi for the second leg a week later.
The winner will receive a record prize packet of US$1.5 million, a 50% increase from last year.
The victors will also be invited to compete at the Fifa Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in December.