Ex-Ekwendeni coach feels betrayed


Former Ekwendeni Hammers Coach, Obvious Banda, has lodged a complaint with the National Football Coaches Association (NFCA) over unfair treatment from his former employers.

Banda helped Ekwendeni to earn promotion to the TNM Super League after finishing as champions in the Simso Northern Region Football League last season.

But during preparations for the 2020 season, the club decided against retaining his services and hired Kadenge Mwafulirwa instead.


Banda does not have a Caf B Licence which is a minimum requirement for all TNM Super League coaches.

He said there were several issues that needed to be sorted out with the club and he believes NFCA was better placed to intervene.

“I asked for help from the coaches’ association in January. I believe they are doing something about my complaint,” he added.


NCFA General Secretary, Davie Mpima, confirmed receipt of the complaint.

“We are looking into the matter and we will come up with an appropriate response at the right time,” he said.

Hammers owner, Mabuchi Mkandawire, was not readily available for comment yesterday as his mobile phone was out of reach.

Banda was hired as Hammers coach in 2018. In his debut season, he guided the team to fourth place before earning promotion to the Super League last season with 75 points.

After reshuffling the technical panel, Hammers signed experienced players such as Maneno Nyoni, Eric Kaonga and Sammy Phiri for the new season which was halted due to Covid-19.

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