Struggling Northern Region-based TNM Super League outfit Chitipa United has announced the hiring of former Karonga United coach Christopher Nyambose, replacing Alex Ngwira.
Chitipa General Secretary Duma Ngoma said Nyambose has been employed on an interim basis as he is still attached to Simso Northern Region Football League side Fish Eagles.
Ngoma said they discussed the matter with Eagles and reached an agreement.
“We took advantage of the fact that regional leagues are yet to kick off. The coach was idle as it is still not clear when the lower leagues will return to the pitch. We just had to find someone to lead our technical panel as our coach as Ngwira is still nowhere to be seen. We started with talking to Eagles officials before engaging Nyambose on the matter and the club gave us the go-ahead to take him on board,” he said.
Ngoma said Nyambose’s first assignment would be to ensure that the team escapes relegation by winning the remaining first-round matches in the elite league.
He said the development did not necessarily mean that they had given up on Ngwira.
“We are still discussing with Ngwira issues that led to his departure. He had grievances and, once we are done with the talks, we will decide on the next course of action.
“We would have given him a long-term contract but we thought it wise to try him in caretaker capacity. We have given him targets and we will see how he is going to perform. Once he impresses, we will offer him another contract,” Ngoma said.
Nyambose said he was ready for the challenge.
“I know that Chitipa is a team that is struggling and the task at hand is to do my best to rescue the team from relegation. I know this is a big challenge, considering the fact that the team is at the bottom of the standings. But that is part of our job as coaches. We are there to ensure that our teams do the right things. As far as I am concerned, Chitipa is a big team that does not deserve relegation from the Super League. I just need support to make things happen,” Nyambose said.
Last week, Ngwira announced that he had thrown in the towel because the club was failing to pay him his dues.
Chitipa anchor the 16-team log table with just four points.