TP Mazembe warn Champions’ League rivals


African champions TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo have made it clear they want to the defend their Orange Champions League title as they finished a week-long training camp in Zambia in preparation for their opener in two week’s time.
They will play the Elvis ‘Chuchu’ Chiweshe-coached Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium on July 18 and while in their successful campaign, they camped in Harare, they decided to move to the Zambian copperbelt this time.
TP Mazembe coach Diego Garzitto declared that his side meant business in their title defence of the Orange CAF Champions League.
The DR Congo giants from Lubumbashi spent a week in the northern Zambian region of the Copperbelt where they played four friendly matches against local teams based in the copper mining province.
“The Champions’ League is not a league to play with, it is strong and tough and people who play in that league should be tough and strong,” Garzitto said.
“TP Mazembe is a big and strong team and we are going to make sure that we win the Champion League once more.”
TP Mazembe launch their group stage phase of their title defence with an away Group A clash against Zimbabwe’s regular Champions League campaigners Dynamos in a group which also includes Entente Setif of Algeria and 1994 African club champions Esperance of Tunisia.
Garzitto added that TP Mazembe’s seven-day training camp tour in Zambia was a success.
“The outing to Zambia has been a success and the teams we played against on the tour were competitive.
“For me, I can say that my team had a good outing,” the Italian-born coach said.
During their training camp of Zambia, TP Mazembe drew 1-1 with Power Dynamos and Zesco United before defeating Nchanga Rangers 1-0.