Voice of Sport

Kenyan motor sport picture ace Anwar Sidi in close-up with TP Mazembe mentor

Regrettably, Anwar missed Saturday game with Cameroon club in Lubumbashi

AWARD winning motor sport photographer Anwar Sidi has an all-round interest in sport. But last Saturday he never imagined that he would come that close to incredible history.

On a completely different photographic mission in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Anwar found himself in the residence of Moise Katumbi, the famous owner of one of the most illustrious football teams in Africa, TP [Englebert] Mazembe.

Anwar was accompanying religious evangelists, to accord them photographic coverage. But when he and Katumbi met in the Governor of Katanga Province’s residence, their topic of light hearted chat was football.


It was unfortunate that because of other assignments in DR Congo, despite an invitation by the Governor himself, Anwar was unable to accept accompanying Katumbi to TP Mazembe’s afternoon CAF Champions League match with Les Astres Douala of Cameroon.

Katumbi’s team went on to roar and register a 3-0 victory. They had drawn the away leg 1-1 and thus qualified for the next round on a 4-1 aggregate score.

“I would have liked to see TP Mazembe play on their own home ground and in the presence of their famous owner. They are such a great club and their President is a very humble man, despite being a man of immense power and development capability. He is a great man, yet to him, sport unites everyone. That’s why he has time for everybody.”

Wear proudly

Now Anwar has a TP Mazembe jersey, endorsed by none other than the great Governor of Katanga to proudly wear back in Nairobi.

The Congolese club, founded in 1938 as FC St Georges, later Englebert and finally Tout Puissant [The Mighty], Mazembe, were African champions in 1967, ’68, 2009 and 2010.

They were Africa Cup Winners’ Cup champions in 1980.