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TP Mazembe claim African Champions League crown again

TP Mazembe celebrate their triumph in the 2010 African Champions League
TP Mazembe have raised the African Champions League trophy for a second successive time after a 6-1 aggregate win over Esperance

TP Mazembe have claimed the African Champions League title for the fourth time.

The Congolese side drew 1-1 with Tunisia's Esperance in the second leg of the final but their 5-0 victory in the first match secured them the win.

Esperance needed an extraordinary turnaround, and despite a spirited performance, they could not do enough.

Harrison Afful put them in front in the 13th minute but the goal was cancelled out by Deo Kanda with 20 minutes to go.

Esperance defender Ayman Ben Amor was sent off shortly after Afful's goal to further hamper the home side's chances and Mazembe's 6-1 aggregate victory was fully deserved.

"This means life to me," the Mazembe midfielder Christopher Semakweri told the BBC after the match.

"We came here with a plan to win the title - the plan was to focus on the game. We didn't care about the atmosphere, we are used to that."

The build up to the game, which was played in front of a full house in the Rades stadium near Tunis, was marred by crowd trouble a few minutes before kick-off.

Police moved in to prevent the problems and the match got going only a few minutes late.

There was further trouble during the match and following the Mazembe equaliser, police forced large numbers of fans to leave the ground, even though the game was still being played.

Mazembe earn a prize of $1.5 million and will go to Abu Dhabi to take part in the Club World Cup next month.

Mazembe will open their tournament in the Gulf state with a game against the Mexican champions, Pachuca.

Hear all the reaction to Mazembe's win on Sunday Fast Track on the BBC World Service at 1820 GMT.



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Esperance plot Champs Lge revival
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Mazembe destroy Esperance
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Africa's best face Pachuca in UAE
27 Oct 10 |  African
Mazembe, Esperance reach final
17 Oct 10 |  African
Mazembe guard against complacency
10 Nov 10 |  African
Caf slaps fine on Esperance
07 Nov 10 |  African


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