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Chitipa United coach Alex Ngwira quits

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Struggling TNM Super League side Chitipa United is hunting for a new coach after Alex Ngwira stopped reporting for duties.

The Northern Region-based side is having a rough ride in the elite league where it anchors the table with just four points from nine matches.

Ngwira has been absent from the team’s training sessions for the past three weeks.

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The former Mzuni (now Mzuzu Warriors) mentor said he has thrown in the towel because Chitipa have not been paying him.

”Players and technical staff are struggling to get their pay. I told them that I have stopped reporting for duties because it was hard for me to continue working without pay. Life has been unbearable since last year. It was as if I had been forcing myself to be part of the club.

“As a coach, you usually take the blame each time your team loses. At the same time, all players look up to you. Now, here is a team that is poorly motivated and cannot win matches. There is a lot that is happening at the club. I just chose not to come out in public about the problems that are there,” he said.

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Ngwira claimed that there is misuse of funds at the club.

“If the current situation is anything to go by, I do not think the club will manage to source funds for operations. Our sponsor [Savenda] pulled out after learning that the club was misusing funds,” Ngwira said.

Chitipa Chairperson Richard Mwanjasi said he was yet to meet Ngwira.

“It is true that we are financially in the red. But what I know is that Ngwira was angered by some supporters who invaded the pitch during one training session. The supporters are blaming him for the poor start to the season.

“We as an executive committee, are yet to meet to map out the way forward. I know he is frustrated because of the team’s performance and some acts of bad behaviour among our players and supporters. Officially, he remains our coach because he is yet to tell us why he has left,” Mwanjasi said.

Chitipa had approached former Mighty Wanderers assistant coach Oscar Kaunda to take over the team but he opted for Karonga United.

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