Blue Eagles rebuff coaches on offloading players
Blue Eagles Executive Committee has turned down its technical panel’s proposal to offload some players at Area 30.
In a technical report which Times Sport has seen, the technical panel recommended the release of Chifuniro Mpinganjira, Osward Maonga, Maxwell Salambula, Onesmor Mbendera, Alexander Chigawa, Chisomo Chilasa and Essau Kaipa.
’’Having assessed some of the players, we have agreed to release about seven players who are not in our plans for the next season due to poor performance despite being given time to prove themselves.
“Having released the mentioned players, the technical panel is looking forward to filling the gaps with other identified new players to make sure the quality of the team’s performance is not compromised,” the report reads.
However, the Executive Committee has asked the technical panel to give the players another chance.
Eagles Vice General Secretary Solomon Mchawi said, after proper assessment, they felt some of the players deserve to be given more time to prove their worth.
“Some of these players had family problems and this affected their performance. So they deserve another chance,” Mchawi said.
According to Mchawi, the committee only approved the release of Kaipa and the termination of Mpinganjira’s contract on mutual agreement.
In the report, the coaches indicated that they want to sign Sable Farming midfielder Innocent Msowoya, Bangwe Madrid goalkeeper Elias Misi, and the Kamba FC duo of goalkeeper Ertken Sibande and midfielder Bezai Majoni.
Eagles Coach Elia Kananji was reluctant to comment on the issue.
The policemen proved to be the most improved team in the 2022 TNM Super League after finishing as runners-up to champions Nyasa Big Bullets.
This was 12 months after the team survived relegation on the last day of the 2021 season.
Despite the improved performance, Eagles finished the season without silverware after exiting the Airtel Top 8 Cup in the semi-finals following a 2-0 loss to Mighty Mukuru Wanderers.