Sacked Silver coach drags club to court: Claims damages for unlawful dismissal

Fired Silver Strikers coach Thom Nkorongo has engaged lawyers to challenge his dismissal at the Reserve Bank sponsored outfit, which last week terminated services for the youthful coach, accusing him of failing to perform to expected standards.

Nkorongo was fired just 24 hours after Nyasa Times leaked information that Silver executive had decided to fire the coach after conducting one-on-one interviews with players.

Narrating his ordeal in an interview with Nyasa Times, Nkorongo said he was summoned by the executive last Wednesday to sign a letter which indicated he had voluntarily resigned as coach for the club.

Mkorongo: Wants compesation

The coach said he declined to endorse his signature on the document, prompting the executive to write another letter that his services had been terminated with immediate effect due to the club’s poor performance. He says he got the second letter last Friday.

The former DD Sunshine Women Football Club and Epac FC coach has since engaged lawyers to challenge his dismissal.

“I have engaged lawyers to challenge the club’s decision and the executive will soon be hearing from the lawyers. According to the three-year contract that I signed, the club was supposed to serve me with a written warning first before terminating my services. I did not receive any warning letter from the executive,” said Nkorongo.

The coach challenged the club that he had performed extremely well, having moved the club from position eight to the top spot in the TNM Super League.

He also said during his reign more players from the club had made it into the national team.

“I took charge of the team in my first season (2011-2012) while it was on position eight and with only one player (Frank Banda) being selected to the national team but I led the team to league championship and as I am talking now about seven players are being called to national team camp,” said Nkolongo.

“The most surprising thing is that the team is currently on top of the log table and yet they are saying the team is not doing well,” wondered Nkolongo.

Meanwhile, the central bankers have engaged for MTL Wanderers head coach Franco Ndawa to lead their title defence. Ndawa was fired from Wanderers early last month after registering four consecutive losses.

The retired soldier is reported to have already put pen to paper and was expected to get down to business this week. He will have his first task this coming Saturday when the bankers line up against Blue Eagles in the Standard Bank Cup Top 8 knock out phase.

Nkorongo said he has since levelled two charges against Silver which are; unlawful dismissal and unlawful termination of contract.

Nyasa Times understands that all the trouble started when Silver suffered a humiliating 3-1 defeat in the hands of Epac F.C at Civo stadium.

Silver Strikers has managed to win all its eight home games plus two away games totalling to ten wins.

The team has drawn once banging in 25 goals and conceding only 8 goals.

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