TP Mazembe’s Global football ambitions

Kasusula of Congo's TP Mazembe celebrates

TP Mazembe chairman Moise Katumbi has revealed his plans to make the club a major force in the world game.

Katumbi believes he can turn the Congolese side into one which will ultimately win the FIFA Club World Cup.

Despite Mazembe’s defeat in last month’s Confederation Cup final to Sfaxien, Katumbi is already looking to next season and beyond.

“Our objective is to be very competitive and I believe we can achieve that with what we have here.

“If we can build on our strong foundations, there’s no reason why Mazembe cannot win the Club World Cup one day,” Katumbi told BBC Sport.

In 2010, Mazembe were the first African team to reach the Club World Cup final but lost to Italian giants Inter Milan.

After their dalliance with the Confederation Cup this year, the Lubumbashi-based outfit will be back in the Champions League next year.

A fifth African crown would give them another shot at the global showpiece.

“We have very talented youngsters coming through the academy; give us a maximum of three years and you’re going to see them win the World Cup.

Katumbi has invested heavily in the club, making funds available to strengthen the squad, building a brand new stadium and purchasing a plane for the team.

READ MORE – BBC World Service, Lusaka, Zambia