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Blue Eagles give coach Gerald Phiri 6-match ultimatum

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Blue Eagles executive committee has given Coach Gerald Phiri Senior six matches to perform or face the chop.

Eagles’ patience has worn out after Phiri’s string of poor results since joining the club in December late last year.

Under his stewardship, the policemen are 12th on the TNM Super League log table after accumulating 13 points from 14 matches.

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During an executive committee meeting held yesterday at the National Police Headquarters in Lilongwe, members agreed to

sack Phiri if he does not win the next six games.

The meeting also agreed to give Phiri the freedom of appointing his own assistant from within the Malawi Police Service.

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Phiri has been working with Wilson Chidati as his assistant since joining the Area 30 side.

Eagles Chairperson Alexander Ngwala said both Phiri and his chosen assistant will be fired if they fail to win the next six games.

“His contract is performance-based and we are at liberty to fire him should he fail to meet our expectations. We can’t allow the team that finished fourth last season to be in the relegation zone. We therefore expect a big improvement starting from our next game,” Ngwala said.

A highly placed source who pleaded not to be named and is a member of Eagles’ top brass, confided with The Daily Times that Phiri is digging his own grave at the club by sidelining some players who are police officers preferring civilian stars.

“Our findings indicate that the coach is self-centred. He oftentimes disregards advice from the coaches he found at the club and always sidelines players who were part of the team’s success last season. I expect him to go if he doesn’t change,” the source said.

Our findings have established that players such as Alexander Chigawa, Maxwell Salambula, Osward Maonga and Stewart Mbungwe, who are policemen, are rarely featured while civilian players like Lazarus ‘Deco’ Nyemera, Chifuniro Mpinganjira and Mphatso Philemon enjoy more game time.

Asked to comment on the matter, Phiri said it is possible for the team to turn the corner if he gets three new players.

“The executive should sign three more attackers if we are to improve our performance. We are finding it hard to score despite playing very well. I have the belief that our performance will be better in the second round,” he said.

Phiri is one of the country’s experienced coaches after mentoring Mighty Tigers, Mighty Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets besides also serving as Malawi National Football Team assistant coach.

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