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Civil Service United have sent coach Franco Ndawa and assistant coach Elia Kananji on forced leave due to poor results.

This follows a meeting which the club’s executive committee held at Civil Club House on Friday evening.

Despite the team registering a 1-0 win over Mafco on Saturday, management never changed its mind on the two coaches.

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Civil General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula said the coaches failed to meet targets.

“Our targets included finishing in the top four in the league and also grabbing one trophy. But now we are fighting for top eight and we are out of FDH Bank Cup. To make things worse, we lost to Sable Farming at home,” Chiwaula said.

The development comes just one week after Civil lost two matches against Mighty Wanderers 2-0 and Mighty Tigers 1-0.

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However, Chiwaula was unable to mention the name of the one who will be named caretaker coach for the remaining four games of the season.

Reports suggest that former coach Oscar Kaunda is the favourite to take over at the end of the season.

Currently, Kaunda is assistant coach for Karonga United, who suspended head coach Dan Dzinkambani to the end of the season.

In separate interviews, both Ndawa and Kananji confirmed being on forced holiday.

Ndawa said he had no hard feelings.

“God’s time is the best. Civil gave me a good opportunity as a coach. The club has been my second home away from home. I was working without pressure and I really enjoyed working with the players,” Ndawa said.

On his part, Kananji said he was also not bitter.

“It is part of the job and I respect their decision,” he said.

Under Ndawa this season, Civil have registered nine victories, 11 draws and six losses.

Civil are on position six on the log table with 38 points from 26 matches, 10 points behind leaders Nyasa Big Bullets, who lost 1-0 to Moyale Barracks on Saturday.

Recently, Blue Eagles also sent coach Gerald Phiri Senior on forced leave but he was recalled after just one month after things went from bad to worse.

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