Capital City giants Silver Strikers say they had no choice but to fire coach Daniel Kabwe after the team’s bad start to the season.
Silver on Saturday night confirmed the firing of the Zambian, who was on suspension for close two months, as he was being investigated.
Kabwe said he was not bitter.
“I have received [the decision] with both hands. It is part of the game as you are aware mine was performance based and if no good results posted under review you part ways,” Kabwe said.
The club summoned Kabwe to a hearing on Tuesday last week and he reportedly accepted the charges and pleaded guilty.
“The decision has been arrived at based on the team’s performance. The current interim arrangement of the technical panel will be maintained until further communication from the club,” reads part of the statement.
Kabwe signed a one-year performance based contract extension in February this year after the expiry of his two-year deal.
Silver Company Secretary Peter Masiye said Kabwe was fired due to poor performance of the team.
“He accepted responsibility of the team’s poor performance in the early stages of the season. He is a professional coach and agreed to terminate his contract,” Masiye said.
By terminating the deal, Silver will pay Kabwe his gratuity as stipulated in his contract.
After winning the FDH Bank Cup in his debut season, Kabwe lost control of the dressing room in the early stages of this season as he guided Silver to four wins, draws and three losses in the first opening 11 matches.
Then, he was suspended after his troops lost 3-1 to Nyasa Big Bullets in the first round at Kamuzu Stadium.
His assistant Macdonald Yobe took over on the interim but he has been demoted after Reserve side coach Leo Mpulula was named interim coach.
Silver’s technical panel was also under probe but the club has kept a tight lid on the findings.
Inside sources say, reshuffle is also looms at the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) sponsored side.
It seems Silver’s problem is deep rooted, in the absence of Kabwe, the results are not coming at the Central Bankers.
They exited the FDH Bank Cup following 5-4 loss to Dedza Dynamos recently. Again, they also lost 3-1 at home to Mafco in the TNM Super League.
National Football Coaches Association General Secretary Davie Mpima said they were waiting for official communication from both Silver and Kabwe.
“He is our member but he has not lodged a complaint. And we believe everything in his contract has been respected,” Mpima said.
Kabwe arrived at Silver with pomp and fanfare as a serial winner having won two league titles with Zanaco in his native country Zambia.