TP Mazembe inaugurate their new stadium

The four-time Caf champions have opened their new 19,000-seater facility in Lubumbashi where they will host Ghana’s Berekum Chelsea next week in the champions league group phase

TP Mazembe have inaugurated their new stadium which is entirely owned by the Congolese club and has also been certified by Caf, thus making it possible for the team to host Ghana’s Berekum Chelsea on July 22 in the Caf Champions League group phase's second match day.

The Mazembe Stadium is a 19,500 all-seater facility including 6628 VIP seats, a well equipped media area, a lift, and a synthetic turf.

Other facilities in the compound are a supermarket, a sportswear store, a swimming pool and a rehabilitation centre.

The 2009, 2010 Caf Champions League winners acquired their second private plane - a German-made Dornier 128 utility aircraft – in September last year.

The club’s average annual budget is €7.4 million, according to the Corbeaux media department.

“We want to be a bull in African football and to do this we must acquire all necessary means,” TP Mazembe president Moise Katumbi Chapwe, a business tycoon and governor of the mineral-rich Katanga Province (Southeastern DR Congo), had said during the inaugural flight of the team’s plane.