Former TP Mazembe captain Pamphile Mihayo Kazembe has been confirmed as the new head coach of Les Corbeaux, replacing Frenchman Thierry Froger.
The 40-year-old has been in charge of the reigning Caf Confederation Cup champions as interim coach for a month now since replacing Froger who was fired in March following TP Mazembe’s exit from the Caf Champions League.
Mihayo championed TP Mazembe’s progress to the Caf Confederation Cup group stages over the weekend following a goalless draw against two-time African champions JS Kabylie of Algeria to proceed with a 2-0 win on aggregate.
TP Mazembe chairman and business mogul Moise Katumbi has tasked Mihayo to defend their Caf Confederation Cup as well as the league title, a tall order that will call for their experience at this level to come into play.
Born in Lubumbashi, Mihayo understands his new role and will be looking to succeed as he did back in his playing days when he won several accolades at home and on the continent for both club and country.
He was captain of TP Mazembe when they marched to the final of the Fifa Club World Cup in 2010, losing 3-0 to Inter Milan.
Mihayo becomes the first non-French coach to take over TP Mazembe since 2012, a period in which Katumbi has hired and fired three Frenchmen including Patrice Carteron, Hubert Velud and Froger.
Carteron lifted the Caf Champions League in 2015 before his successor Velud won the Caf Confederation Cup but by the standards of the club, this was not enough.
Katumbi turned to Froger to make changes but a shock exit in the Caf Champions League at the hands of minnows Caps United was unbearable and they showed the Frenchman the exit.
With Mihayo at the helm, TP Mazembe will be looking to rule Africa once again and return to their glory days.