- Silver suspend coach Fazili, Singo
- Civil coaches given 3-match ultimatum
Lilongwe giants Silver Strikers and Civil Sporting Club have taken action against their technical panels following their teams’ poor performance in the TNM Super League.
The Bankers have suspended coach Lovemore Fazili and team manager Francis Songo for a month pending investigations by a commission of enquiry on the team’s poor performance.
Assistant coach Peter Mgangira and technical director Young Chimodzi are currently in-charge of the team with Sibusiso Padambo as acting team manager.
The club’s chairperson Ralph Tseka confirmed the suspensions on Thursday.
He said: “We summoned each player to an individual enquiry aimed at establishing reasons behind the team’s performance. We also interrogated some supporters. There were allegations of misconduct against the two that is why we asked them to step aside.”
But the chairperson refused to disclose the allegations, arguing: “We are investigating the allegations so it would not be fair to publicise them when we haven’t come to a conclusion.”
Fazili refused to comment on his suspension when contacted on Thursday.
He said: “My comment is reserved at the moment because I do not want to look as if I am defending myself. But the truth shall come out.”
The Bankers, who dominated the summit of the log table in the first-round, are stuck on third position having won one match in their last six league games.
Civil Sporting on the other hand, have warned coach Franco Ndawa, his assistant Oscar Kaunda and team manager Gabriel Chirwa to improve the team’s performance in the next three games or risk being sacked.
Despite starting the TNM Super League season strongly, Civil have only won one game in the last 10 matches.
The Civil Servants were also eliminated from Carlsberg Cup in the round of 32.
In letters to the coaches signed by general secretary Ronald Chiwaula and vice-chairperson Owen Malijani, Civil Sporting said it is not satisfied with the team’s performance.
“You are, therefore, given three-match ultimatum to bring your performance to a satisfactory level. If you do not [achieve] the necessary performance, I will bring further disciplinary action, including that of dismissal,” reads the letter further.
In an interview on Thursday., Chiwaula confirmed the development.
Civil’s next assignment is a Super League encounter at home to TN Stars which eliminated them from the Carlsberg Cup.