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Africa’s favourite footballer has told that playing for TP Mazembe has seen him grow as a footballer and as a man.

Tresor Mputu, dubbed ‘the lion of Africa’ due to his ferocious appetite for the beautiful game, is back in winning form and determined his recent ban will spur him on to even greater success.

He said: “I first came to Lubumbashi from Kinshasa as a 16-year-old boy. I was very young and inexperienced but since joining TP Mazembe I have learnt to work even harder at my game and to play more intelligently.”

And since receiving a one-year -ban for what can best be described as an over enthusiastic reaction to a refereeing decision, the goalscoring great revealed: “I don’t feel bitter about the ban – I have moved on. I used the year for practice, practice and more practice and to study the game. Little by little I feel I am getting stronger so I am looking forward to even more success with TP Mazembe.”

This dynamic work ethic coupled with his silky skills and wonderful footballing vision has seen Tresor, now aged 26, attract attention from some of the world’s top clubs. But being one of most recognizable faces on the continent means he tries his best to ignore the ‘celebrity’ lifestyle and focus on the things that are important to him, such as spending time with his dutiful wife Madam Gaga, a familiar face in TP Mazembe’s stands, and being a doting father to his children Fistibi, Tegra, Oziane, Ozias and Tresor (Jr).

Trésor Mputu et ses enfants

Trésor et ses enfants

Tresor keeps a low profile off the pitch, shunning the world of bars and bright lights. “As a professional footballer you don’t have much free time – so I don’t waste time going out dancing. I enjoy spending time with my family and socialize by having a meal with family and friends.”

He also takes time out to meet and help those who are less fortunate than him through regular charitable giving and making time to meet the hordes of visitors he gets to his lovely Lubumbashi home.

He has also given his full backing to Kimbilio a project giving some of the city’s most vulnerable young people the chance of a better life, by offering street children purpose-built accommodation as well as dedicated care, support, sport, education and training.

I am very happy to support such a project,” he said: “All children have the potential to go on and do great things in life and the same is true of the young people in this centre. I not only totally endorse Kimbilio, I want to go and play football with all the kids there.”

Such an attitude may explain why Tresor, a humble committed Christian, is the subject of such affection in his adopted city and he thanks to the people of Lubumbashi for making him so welcome.

He said: “The people here are very nice and behave very well – they are very respectful and I really appreciate that.”

It would seem this is one Lubumbashi Lion without huge pride.

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