TP Mazembe

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TP Mazembe
TP Mazembe Logo.svg
Full nameTout Puissant Mazembe
Nickname(s)Les Corbeaux (The Ravens)
Founded1939; 83 years ago (1939)
as FC Saint-Georges
GroundStade TP Mazembe
ChairmanMoïse Katumbi Chapwe
ManagerFranck Dumas
WebsiteClub website

Tout Puissant Mazembe, commonly referred to as TP Mazembe, is a Congolese professional football club based in Lubumbashi.[1]


Tout Puissant Mazembe was originally founded by the Benedictine monks who directed the Institut Saint-Boniface school in Élisabethville (modern-day Lubumbashi) in Katanga Province.[2] The missionaries originally decided in 1939 to established a football team for the students' Boy Scout troop, named Saint Georges FC, after the patron saint of the Scouting movement. This team affiliated itself directly in the first division of the Royal Federation of the Native Athletic Associations (Fédération Royale des Associations Sportives Indigènes, FRASI) founded by the Belgian King. At the end of the season, Holy Georges placed 3rd.

In 1944 the young scouts went on the road and FC St. Georges was rechristened Saint Paul F.C. Some years later, the incorporation of certain foreign elements in the Institute would make the missionaries abandon the team management. The team took the name of F.C. Englebert after its sponsor, a tire brand. The qualifier "Tout Puissant" (Almighty) was added to the club's name after it went undefeated in winning its first league title in 1966.[1]

After the independence of Congo, (30 June 1960) Englebert restructured itself. In 1966, they realized the treble (national Championship, Coupe du Congo and Katanga Cup).

In 1967 and 1968, it won the African Cup of Champions. The team would be finalist four times successively in (1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970). Mazembe was the first team to successfully defend the African Champions Cup. This feat was finally repeated in 2003 and 2004 by Enyimba.

After 18 years of absence, it returned to the African scene thanks to 38-year-old governor Moïse Katumbi Chapwe and owner of the club.

In November 2009 the team won the CAF Champions League against Heartland 2–2 on aggregate, winning on the away goals rule.[3]

By winning the CAF Champions League, they qualified for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup. In their first match in the quarter-finals they lost 2–1 to Pohang Steelers of South Korea, [4] despite taking the lead in the first half. Following a 3–2 defeat to Auckland City in the fifth placed match they finished the tournament in 6th place.[5][6]

In 2010 they retained the 2010 CAF Champions League, and in December they became the first African side to contest the final of the FIFA Club World Cup after defeating both Pachuca of Mexico 1–0 in the quarter-finals and Internacional of Brazil 2–0 in the semi-finals.[7][8] In the final on 18 December, they were defeated 3–0 by Internazionale.[9]

In 2015, TP Mazembe secured their fifth title in the competition after defeating USM Alger of Algeria 4–1 aggregate in the 2015 CAF Champions League Final.[10]



With 27 titles at national level and 11 at international level since 1966, TP Mazembe is currently the most successful club of the DRC with 38 titles.



Congo Cup

  • Champions (5): 1966, 1967, 1976, 1979, 2000

DR Congo Super Cup

  • Champions (3): 2013, 2014, 2016 (Record)


African Cup of Champions Clubs / CAF Champions League

CAF Confederation Cup

CAF Super Cup

African Cup Winners' Cup

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

The club have 7 appearances in African Cup of Champions Clubs from 1967 to 1988 and 18 appearances in CAF Champions League from 2001 till now, having appeared in every edition since 2007.

The club have 1 appearance in CAF Cup in 2000 and 6 appearances in CAF Confederation Cup from 2004 till now.

1980 – Champion
1981 – Second Round
2010 – Champion
2011 – Champion
2016 – Champion

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 June 2021[11]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Mali MLI Ibrahim Mounkoro
2 DF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Arsène Zola
3 DF Zambia ZAM Tandi Mwape
4 DF Ivory Coast CIV Wonlo Coulibaly
5 DF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Issama Mpeko
6 DF Uganda UGA Joseph Ochaya
7 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Philippe Kinzumbi
8 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Trésor Mputu
9 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Joël Beya
10 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Gondry Sudi
11 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Isaac Tshibangu
12 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Jean Baleke
13 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Addam Bossu
14 DF Zambia ZAM Kabaso Chongo
15 FW Ivory Coast CIV Stéphane Bedi Guy
16 MF Ivory Coast CIV Christian Koffi
17 MF Cameroon CMR Cédric Zemba
18 MF Zambia ZAM Rainford Kalaba
19 FW Guinea GUI Moustapha Kouyaté
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 DF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Godet Masengo
21 GK Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Aimé Bakula
22 GK Ivory Coast CIV Sylvain Gbohouo
23 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Nicolas Kazadi
24 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Patou Kabangu
25 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Christ Kisangala
26 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Etienne Mayombo
27 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Miché Mika
28 FW Tanzania TAN Thomas Ulimwengu
30 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Chico Ushindi
31 DF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Magloire Ntambwe
32 MF Ivory Coast CIV Gahouidi Djedje
34 DF Cameroon CMR Fernando Bongnyang
35 FW Ivory Coast CIV Ousmane Diallo
36 DF Ivory Coast CIV Ibrahima Diaby
- DF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Kévin Mondeko
- DF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Lebeau Binemo
- MF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Glody Likonza

Notable former players[edit]

For details on former players see Category:TP Mazembe players.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bell, Jack. "TP Mazembe Surprises the World, Not Itself". Goal. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  2. ^ Legge, David (17 September 2009). "Win or bust for former champions Etoile". AFP. Retrieved 18 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Mazembe clinch Champs Lge title". BBC Sport. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2009.
  4. ^ "TP Mazembe 1 – 2 Pohang Steelers". ESPN. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  5. ^ "TP Mazembe 2 – 3 Auckland City". ESPN Soccernet. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  6. ^ "TP Mazembe continue journey". BBC Sport. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  7. ^ "TP Mazembe beat Pachuca at the Club World Cup". BBC Sport. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  8. ^ "Inter stunned as Mazembe reach final". Archived from the original on 17 December 2010.
  9. ^ "TP Mazembe 0 – 3 Internazionale". ESPN Soccernet. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  10. ^ "TP Mazembe beat USM Alger to win African Champions League". BBC Sport. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Effectif du TP Mazembe".

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