This is a story where the minnows defeated the giant, where the underdogs overcame the odds on favourite, where a mere inexperienced side prevailed over the valuable experienced side, and another emerging club using a glorious and famous club to send a big shock wave in African football.
To be fair, the stakes of the match was not a do or die affair for T.P. Mazembe as it was a make or break for Medeama. The DR Congo side had already qualified to the semi-finals ahead of the match but they came to protect their hard earned reputation.
The fact is, T.P. Mazembe were unbeaten in five group matches before the game against Medeama. Medeama were also unbeaten in their five home games in the Confederation Cup this season from qualifiers to the group games before hosting Mazembe.
The match, with a statistical significance of number six, had an implication and importance beyond the natural outcomes in football. On the day, the likely results were not the usual three – win, draw or loose but two – pride and purpose.
Pride, such that the DR Congo side wanted to go unbeaten in the group games and the purpose is to finish on top of the group in an enviable way. A point established by Ghanaian midfielder of the team, Daniel Nii Adjei prior to the match toPulse.com.gh.
“It is about pride because we are also here to win so that our team will be unbeaten. We came with a purpose and we came with a plan to come and win and go back. So is not about disappointing a Ghanaian team or a club based in Ghana.
“We are defending the unbeaten run so it means a lot to us to defend that feat because if we lose here it means we couldn’t defend the unbeaten run. So that is the pride we are protecting so that we will be unbeaten in the group stage” he said.
The Ghanaian side’s pride was preserving their home invincibility and more importantly about the purpose was to better their chances of qualifying to the semi-finals of the competition. Earlier on Saturday, Medeama watched M.O. Bejeia lost 1-0 in Tanzania to Young Africans and they realized the way to medal zone was brighter.