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Gerald Phiri leaves Mighty Tigers job over players’ welfare

Mighty Tigers’ preparations for 2020 season have been thrown in disarray following the resignation of Head Coach, Gerald Phiri Senior.

The former Flames Assistant Coach has made the decision as a way of protecting his reputation. Phiri said Tigers players needed improved welfare to motivate them to fight for trophies.

“I am concerned with what is happening. I think it is a circle. Last season, it was the same [issue]. We discussed that they should improve but they didn’t. Remember in 2016, season we were leading in the first round but faltered in the second round because we failed to sustain the welfare of our players.

“So I have to step down because the team will continue performing poorly. The players’ welfare is pathetic and I can’t continue operating like this. We need to motivate the players if we are to get something good,” he said.

Phiri admitted that Tigers were facing financial woes due to lack of sponsorship but felt there was a way to iron out some problems.

“I appreciate that it is officials who contribute money towards the running of the team. So if the support can be timed to be given to players in good time then things can change,” he said.

Phiri, who has had stints with both Blantyre giants Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers, justified the importance of protecting his credentials.

“Coaches are judged by their results. It won’t make sense on my CV [curriculum vitae] that my team should always be fighting against relegation,” he said.

Nicknamed ‘Yellowman’ during his heydays as a player, Phiri said he can rescind his decision if Tigers agrees to improve players’ welfare.

“They have been running away from discussions. If we can discuss and show me commitment that they will be looking after the players, well then I can change my decision. To get good results we need to motivate players because they are the ones that get on the field and play,” he said.

Tigers Technical Director, Robin Alufandika, said Phiri had not yet tendered his resignation letter.

“I can’t comment much. I would rather concentrate on building the team,” he said.

Last season, Tigers finished on position nine in TNM Super League after collecting 38 points from 30 games.

In Fisd Challenge Cup, Tigers were booted in round of 32 after going down to Premier Division side, Hangover United 3-2.

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