Malawi football legend Kinnah Phiri, who was sacked as coach of South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Free State Stars on Friday, has said he was unfairly treated but now focus ahead.
Kinnah claimed he was pressing the club on their failure to fulfil some contractual obligations and also beef up the squad hence the decision to sack him.
But the club has said the decision to sack Kinnah is based on the team’s poor start to the season as they have lost all their three PSL games so far this season.
Kinnah said: “Yes there has been poor results but the they are to blame for the team’s poor showing because they sold some key players and made R4 million [about K172 million] and I asked them to invest the money by buying quality players which we clearly lacked, but they were hesitant and as a result the team could not perform.”
The Malawian mentor said Star were not happy that he was pressing them on” some contractual obligations which they were not fulfilling.”
He also accused the South African club of not treating him fairly considering what he did for them last season by taking the team from the murky waters of relegation to ninth position.<
“When I took over, the team was at the bottom of the table [16th] and we won five straight matches and lost only one to finish on ninth position, but I guess it is one of those things,” he said.
Kinnah now said he is returning home and “life must go on,”
Stars are reported to have replaced Kinnah with German Ernst Middendorp.