Blue Eagles have parted ways with six players as the new technical panel stamps its authority.
The six are former Silver Strikers duo Lazarus Deco Nyemera, Mphatso Philemon, ex-Mzuzu Warriors midfielder Henry Misinjo, former Nyasa Big Bullets striker Patrick Phiri, ex-Mighty Tigers forward Tonny Mbulu and Brian Msumatiza.
Eagles vice General Secretary Gomezgani Mchawi said the players had been released due to poor performance in the just-ended season.
“All the players have a termination clause at Eagles and we exercised article 5 of their contracts, which gives us mandate to release them when their services are no longer needed,” Mchawi said.
According to Mchawi, the decision was also made based on recommendations from the technical panel.
Eagles also parted ways with coach Gerald Phiri Senior due to poor performance before the club hired Elia Kananji and Christopher Sibale as co-coaches.
Wilson Chidati returned to the club as technical adviser.
However, some of the offloaded players have accused the club of firing them through social media.
Nyemera said he learnt about his fate through the social media.
“I respect their decision. I have to consult my family on my future. Chances are high that I will play for a team in the Northern Region,” Nyemera said.
On his part, Phiri said he was not interested in continuing to play for the club.
“No hard feelings. Life goes on. I have not made up my mind on the next move,” Phiri said.
Phiri was part of the Flames squad under former coach Ronny Van Geneugden.
He scored in the 2-1 loss to Comoros in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Eagles have recalled forward Schumacher Kuwali after the end of his two-year loan deal at UD Songo of Mozambique.
Kuwali is expected to feature for the club next season.
Eagles endured a difficult campaign in the 2020-21 season after finishing on position 12 with 32 points.
They survived on the last day of the season after a 3-1 victory over Mighty Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium.