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TP Mazembe Sack Dumas After CAF Champions League Exit

Franck Dumas has been fired as TP Mazembe head coach after failing to guide the side to CAF Champions League group stages.

TP Mazembe were knocked out of the Champions League by Ugandan side Vipers Sports Club after going down 2-4 on post match penalties. They had played to a goalless draw in Uganda a week ago but failed to shine at Lubumbashi on Saturday evening.

The club president Moise Katumbi on Saturday evening said that Dumas  and his assistants will leave their roles with immediate effect.

“Our club President Mosie Katubi has thanked the coach for the work done and wished him a safe journey. Mr. Franck Dumas, on his part, expressed his wishes of full success to TP Mazembe and his supporters,” reads the statement.

“President Katumbi has taken the decision to suspend the Committee with immediate effect, with the exception of the Secretary of the Team, Mr. Hilaire Kabila, who remains in office.”

Dumas has been Mazembe coach since August 2021 when he replaced Pamphile Mihayo who was redeployed to the team’s lower structures.

The 64-year-old gaffer doesn’t hold CAF Pro License as required by the Confederation of African Football for coaches involving on the African inter-club competitions, and was forced to issues instructions from terraces during the match.

Dumas is man full of controversies as he was once handed a three-year jail sentence for tax fraud back in his home country, France.

The main charge against him was failure to file returns worth 450,00 euros ($505,000, £380,000) earnings in year 2012.

As a player Dumas turned for Newcastle United in England, Caen, Marseille and Monaco where he won French league title.



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