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TP Mazembe savour Champions League title glory

Fans gather to welcome TP Mazembe back to Lubumbashi
Thousands of fans turned out to greet the triumphant team on their return

Thousands of fans of TP Mazembe took to the streets of Lubumbashi to celebrate as the team paraded the African Champions League trophy on Sunday.

The DR Congo side retained the title on Saturday after drawing 1-1 with Esperance in the second leg of the final in Tunisia.

Mazembe won the first leg 5-0 to clinch the title 6-1 on aggregate.

Lubumbashi was a sea of black and white as fans cheered the players as they arrived at the airport from Tunis.

The team was driven to the town centre where popular Congolese musician JB Mpiana performed for the dancing players and crowd.

Mazembe's victory was their fourth African title, following wins in 1967, 1968 and 2009.

Their Zambian striker Given Singuluma savoured their second successive title victory.

"Winning it for the second successive time is a great feat for us because the Champions League is difficult," Singuluma told BBC Sport.

"We went to Tunis and we were not intimidated by the chants from the crowd and we were focused on just one thing - the title."

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

They 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 Fast Track on the BBC World Service at 1600 GMT.



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Esperance plot Champs Lge revival
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Mazembe destroy Esperance
31 Oct 10 |  African
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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