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BBC Sport - November 14, 2010
Team president Moise Katumbi shows Champions League trophy to TP Mazembe fans in Lubumbashi
Team president Moise Katumbi shows Champions League trophy to TP Mazembe fans in Lubumbashi

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

They 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 two weeks ago 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.


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