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Ducor sports star of the week: Jean-Marc Makusu

Jean-Marc Makusu scored twice as AS Vita Club came from behind to stun RS Berkane 3-1 in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal at the Stade Des Martyrs stadium in Kinshasa on Sunday evening.

It was a fantastic performance by the former Wadi Degla of Egypt forward, who scored his first goal of the match at the stroke of halftime to cancel Mohammed Aziz’s opener for the Moroccan side, set up by Traore.

The Congolese international then turned the ball home from close range in the 56th minute before Djuma Shaban secured what could turn out to be a decisive first-leg lead ahead of a return visit in Berkane, September 23 and sent nearly 30,000 home fans into raptures.

Makusu has been brilliant for the Black Dolphins in their Confederation Cup campaign as the two goals took his tally to nine, two behind Raja Casablanca’s Mohamed Benhalib and six less than record-holder Algerian Abdelmalek Ziaya.

AS Vita could play another five fixtures in the Confederation Cup and the experienced striker will be seeking seven more goals to overtake the 15 of Ziaya for Entente Setif during the 2009 season.

Makusu has now broken the club record of official 12 goals set by Firmin Mubele Ndombe at the continental stage during the 2014 CAF Champions League. His tally now reads 13 goals with the other four coming during a previous stint with the Florent Ibenge coached outfit.

In terms of numbers domestically, the forward has never before enjoyed a calendar year as productive as the one he is piecing together in 2018 with the 24 goals he has plundered in just 13 games in the Congolese League (Linafoot) representing a new high.

makusu2About Jean-Marc Makusu?

Jean-Marc Makusu was born on 27 March 1992 in Kinshasa, in the capital city of Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s not a huge surprise that Makusu became a footballer, as his father was a footballer with an unnamed division one side in Congo.

The youngster started his career with Bel’Or Kinshasa’s youth team and was promoted later to the first team.

In 2014, Makusu went on a spell with Belgium outfit Standard Liege but was loaned right away to Újpest FC for six months. He was loaned again upon his return to Algerian side Mouloudia Club d’Oran for another six months.

Makusu then left Standard Liege and returned to Congo to join AS Vita Club on a free transfer.

He then switched to Egypt where he joined Wadi Degla after signing a three-year contract before the deal’s termination prompting another return to The Dolphins AS Vita.

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