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Gerald Phiri Snr‘s forced leave not shocking—analyst

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George Kaudza Masina

Soccer analyst George Kaudza-Masina has said it did not come as surprise that Blue Eagles have sent their head coach Gerald Phiri Snr on forced leave.

Masina said time was ripe for Phiri to review his coaching career as other quarters label him as a good trainer following his stint with Bullets and Wanderers.

“The moment I heard the news that my brother Phiri Snr has been sent on forced leave, I was not surprised. It might be that he was not welcomed by his backroom staff and players,” Masina said.

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Eagles sent Phiri Snr on forced leave on Monday following the club’s poor performance in the TNM Super League.

The side is on position 12 in the elite league with 27 points from 23 matches.

Phiri Snr broke the news that he has been sent on forced leave on Monday through the club’s WhatssApp forum.

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The coach did not pick our calls.

Eagles Chairperson Alexander Ngwala was reluctant to indicate how long Phiri Snr will be on forced leave but confirmed that assistant Wilson Chidati will be in charge in acting capacity.

“It is true that the management has decided to send our coach on leave. We are expected to meet soon to review the performance of the team since he took over as our head coach. Once we meet, we will provide more details,” Ngwala said.

Phiri replaced Deklerk Msakuona, who was seconded to Football Association of Malawi to coach Malawi Under-17 National Football Team.

The former Bullets and Wanderers mentor also had stint with Mighty Tigers and defunct sides, Blackpool, Sammys United and MDC United.

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