Silver Strikers football club executive committee has decided to relieve head coach Thom Nkorongo of his services and replace him with fired Mighty Wanderers coach Franco Ndawa, Nyasa Times can reveal.
According to a highly placed source from the club’s executive board, the decision to fire Nkorongo was arrived at last week following the team’s embarrassing 3-1 loss at the hands of Epac FC.
After the loss, the executive reportedly held a one-on-one meeting with all players to hear from them what was going wrong in the bankers’ camp. The players are said to have spoken up their minds with most of them pointing their fingers at Nkorongo.
The players accused Nkorongo of failing to identify his first eleven and also failing to change playing tactics to suit a particular game.
Having heard from the players, executive is said to have agreed to fire Nkorongo and replace him with the former Red Lions and Wanderers’ coach. However, the executive’s decision could not be implemented ahead of the bankers’ final first round fixture against Mafco as Ndawa was nowhere to be traced.
Sources say the coach went to Zimbabwe immediately after being given the boot at Wanderers and was yet to return home as of last week.
General Secretary for Silver Owen Munthali could not deny or confirm the reports: “These are rumours and let’s just treat them as rumours. If there are any developments, the executive will make an announcement but what I know as at now is that Nkorongo is our coach.”
Nkorongo said he had heard the rumours but had not been communicated to by the club: “I have heard those rumours but I have not been told anything of that sort by the executive.
“ If what you are saying is true, I will go a happy man, having finished the first round on a high note. As of now, we are yet to lose at home and might finish the first round on top.
“That is a record every coach will be proud to achieve,” said Nkorongo, who led the bankers to a 5-0 demolition of Mafco on Sunday.