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TP Mazembe back home after CAF Confederation Cup glory

TP Mazembe back home after CAF Confederation Cup glory

Democratic Republic Of Congo

<p>After initial challenges with getting a flight back home after the <span class="caps">CAF</span> Confederation Cup victory over the weekend, the TP Mazembe team finally arrived home on Tuesday.</p> <p>Full name Tout Puissant Mazembe Englebert, the Democratic Republic of Congo side beat South Africa’s SuperSport United to retain the African Confederation Cup last Saturday.</p> <p>A direct flight from Johannesburg to their base Lubumbashi was not possible for unexplained reasons forcing them to fly to connect via Zambia before reaching Lubumbashi.</p> <p>The club owner and former governor of <span class="caps">DRC</span>’s Katanga province, Moise Katumbi Chapwe, thanked Zambia for their support in a tweet. “This is Africa we need. Supportive and fair!” he said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Merci aux autorités zambiennes pour avoir tant facilité l’arrivée de <a href="https://twitter.com/TPMazembe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>TPMazembe</a>. Voilà l’<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Afrique?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Afrique</a> que nous voulons. Solidaire et juste! <br>Thank you to the authorities of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Zambia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Zambia</a> for facilitating the arrival of <a href="https://twitter.com/TPMazembe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>TPMazembe</a>. This is <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Africa?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Africa</a> we need. Supportive and fair!</p>— Moise Katumbi (@moise_katumbi) <a href="https://twitter.com/moise_katumbi/status/935517415798173698?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 28, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Katumbi is currently living in Belgium in what has been described as “self-imposed exile.” He faces multiple criminal charges back home, all of which he says are politically motivated. </p> <p>A former ally of incumbent Joseph Kabila, Katumbi’s woes are believed to be linked with his presidential ambitions. <span class="caps">DRC</span> goes to the polls in 2018 to elect a president. Kabila is by law ineligible but there is talk of him trying to stay on with constitutional changes.</p> <p>Mazembe secured a goalless draw against SuperSport United but had taken a first leg advantage a week before in Lubumbashi. They eventually won on a 2-1 overall aggregate.</p> <p>It was the fifth major continental title inside a decade, and the third in successive seasons for the Congolese club who were also African Champions League winners in 2015.</p>
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