TP Mazembe expands into Mzansi

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Democratic Republic of Congo giants TP Mazembe have launched an official merchandise store in Johannesburg as they continue to expand their footprint in Africa.

Mazembe ranks as the most successful team in DR Congo history with a staggering 36 major honours, which includes five CAF Champions League titles and a record 19 league triumphs.

Scroll through the gallery to see the TM Mazembe store opened in Mzansi this week

The historic club has taken massive strides over the past two decades under the leadership of Congolese businessman and politician Moise Katumbi who has transformed them into a renowned brand on the continent.

The Ravens have gained notoriety of securing some of the finest talents in Africa and the recently established Katumbi Academy has further established their dominance a conveyor belt of talent developed for the first-team.

Former captain and national team legend Tresor Mputu recently stated that any player who joins TP Mazembe agrees to a commitment to the squad to 'win the Champions League' which further embodies their relentless drive for success.

"All the players make a firm commitment, that of winning the Champions League, before thinking of Ligue 1, and also the obligation to beat Lupopo," he told the club's website.

"We repeat it in training, it is a commitment issued by us without the slightest intervention from the president."

And with this mentality running through the corridors of the Lubumbashi-based outfit it comes as no surprise to see them attempt to enter new markets with their overall goal of creating a global brand.

It's been confirmed that their first merchandising outlet in South Africa has now officially launched in Johannesburg, with a select few items on display in the gallery above.

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