Darling Club Motema Pembe will be looking to unleash their new signings when they take on Union Sportive Gendarmerie Nationale in the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday, 28 November.
The Kinshasa based club recently secured the services of South African Riyaad Norodien from Cape Town Spurs and Congolese international Jean-Marc Makusu on loan from AS Vita. These are signings that should excite the Les Immacules fans; Norodien is a quick, skilled winger with a powerful right foot, while Makusu, in his day, is one of the best strikers on the continent.
The addition of the two players makes the squad more robust, and their experience will be vital. Norodien has played for Ajax Cape Town, Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League. His career has slowed down in recent seasons, finding himself playing in the National First Division, but at DCMP, he has a chance to revive his career.
Another one who has a chance to spark life back to their career is Makusu. He has played for clubs in Congo, South Africa, Egypt, Belgium and Hungry but has stalled his career. The lack of game time at Orlando Pirates left him frustrated and saw him return to AS Vita, and it has not been a successful spell. But, back for the second time at DCMP, he’ll be hoping to kick on.
Makutu’s experience and knowledge of continental football will come in handy. The striker has 12 goals in 17 games in the Confederation Cup, while in the CAF Champions League, he has an impressive seven goals in ten games. He’ll be looking to rediscover the form that made him one of the most dangerous strikers on the continent.
The former Congolese national will also help with the development of young players in the dressing room. A player like Kadima Kabangu can learn a lot from a seasoned pro like Makusu.
Previewing Sundays crucial encounter USGN, Motema Pembe would have had enough time to rest and should be feeling refreshed. However, they didn’t play over the weekend; their last match was on Wednesday, 10 November, when they defeated Kinshasa 3-0. They are seventh in the Congolese league.
In the second tier of the continental competition, DCMP has done well so far. They entered the competition in the second round of the early stages. They took on Rwanda’s Kigali and won the two-legged tie 4-2. They won both the home and away legs by 2-1. In the two legs, they were the dominant side, often attacking the front foot.
The Immacules will have to play the same way they did against Kigali when they take on USGN. Much of the attack came from the left-hand side against Kigali, and the left-sided players showed great chemistry, and they should be used as an offensive outlet if Motema Pembe wants an away win.
USGN will be a tough opposition at home, but Motema Pembe will be confident of getting something from the match and be comfortable before the return leg in December.