After his match winner against Pachuca on Friday provided the Congolese outfit with the victory they needed over Pachuca to progress to the semi-final, Mbenza Bedi has revealed that he feels comfortable in Abu Dhabi, and he is hoping to continue his good form.
The midfielder joined Dwight Yorke, formerly of Manchester United as one of the only two players to score in two Club World Cup tournaments, while securing his own page in the history books by completing this feat in two consecutive competitions.
Speaking to FIFA.com, Bedi said, "I feel very much at ease here. I’ve found my bearings and this is obviously a competition that agrees with me. The only difference is that this time my goal actually counted for something.”
The talented midfield star added, “Football is a universal game and it’s played the same way all over the world. We feel at home here, like we do anywhere, and we’re going to play the same way we do at home: to win.
“This is our second appearance in the competition and we can’t make the excuse of being inexperienced or naive this time,” he said. “The first went badly. We played well and we scored goals but the games didn’t go our way. Even so, it’s come in useful for us because we feel more confident now. We’ve drawn on that experience.”
Bedi went on to acknowledge the fans who have made the journey to Abu Dhabi, and the fact that Africa as a whole is wishing Mazembe the best of fortune at the Club World Cup.
“There are loads of them supporting us here and we want to win for them too. We taking part in the biggest club competition in the world and we’re flying the flag for Africa in style. We can feel proud," he concluded.
Mazembe take on Brazilians Intercacional on Tuesday in the Club World Cup semi-final.