Struggling TNM Super League side Blue Eagles have swallowed their pride and recalled coach Gerald Phiri Snr from forced leave.
Eagles have not won a game since Phiri was sent on forced leave, the climax being the club’s exit from the FDH Bank Cup.
The team’s vice general secretary Solomon Mchawi said Phiri Snr will resume his duties today.
“We had an executive meeting and we agreed to recall Phiri from holiday to continue with his duties. I just want to remind you that Phiri was not fired but we wanted to evaluate his performance to address our problems,” he said.
Mchawi said they were disappointed that the team was not winning matches despite playing good football but promised to work hard to avoid relegation.
Phiri said it was unfortunate that Eagles were struggling to get positive results despite playing well.
“Let us see how we will approach the remaining games. We need to be strong both mentally and physically and remain focused. I am hopeful we can do better,” Phiri said.
Former Eagles captain Micium Mhone said morale in the team was high despite poor results.
“We are all fighting for the team to move to a better position on the log table,” he said.
In Phiri’s absence, the Area-30-based side lost on post-match penalties to lower league side Dedza Young Soccer to bow out of the FDH Bank Cup.
Thereafter, Eagles lost 1-0 to Mighty Tigers before going down to Moyale Barracks 1-2 at home on Saturday.
Eagles are on position 12 with 27 points from 25 games.
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