Vipers SC eliminated TP Mazembe from the qualifiers of the CAF Champions League, inducing the latter’s head coach Franck Dumas’ sacking.
The Uganda Premier League champions won the contest 4-2 on penalties in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday.
This followed a goalless stalemate on aggregate leaving the five-time winners of the continent’s greatest club football showpiece out.
“This Saturday, October 15, 2022, President Moïse Katumbi and coach, Mr. Franck Dumas, parted ways in a friendly manner,” a club statement read.
“The President thanked the coach for the work done and wished him a safe journey.”
“Mr. Dumas, on his side, expressed his wishes of full success to TP Mazembe and his supporters,” it added.
“President Moïse Katumbi has decided to suspend the Committee with immediate effect, except Team Secretary, Mr. Hilaire Kabila, who remains in office,” the statement further noted.
Dumas, the 54-year-old Frenchman was appointed in August 2021 on a two-year contract.
Hours after Dumas’ dismissal, Mazembe announced that Pampile Mahayo was his successor until the end of the season.
It is the second straight year that the African powerhouse has failed to make it to the group stages of the Champions League.
On the other hand, the Venoms made history and will be playing in the group stages of the competition for the first time in their history.
Roberto Oliveira’s coached team becomes the first Ugandan team to achieve the feat since KCCA FC in 2018.
Mazembe will for the second time in a row have to negotiate for a place in the CAF Confederation Cup.