Karonga United Coach, Kondwani Mwalweni, has resigned just days after the TNM Super League strugglers hired former Zolozolo United mentor, Oscar Kaunda, as his assistant.
Mwalweni was conspicuously absent on Sunday at Mzuzu Stadium when his team beat title contenders Blue Eagles 2-1.
Karonga Chairperson, Alufeyo Chipanga, said Mwalweni missed the match because he was attending a tombstone unveiling ceremony at his home in Karonga.
But Mwalweni insisted that he had resigned because a section of the team’s supporters wanted him out.
“This group of supporters has been blaming me for the team’s poor standing in the Super League. I have been forced to endure numerous verbal attacks from these people for a long time. Now it is time to go. Enough is enough,” Mwalweni explained.
He said he had not officially written the club about his decision since the two parties did not sign a formal contract.
“They wanted me out and I am simply granting them their wish. I would have loved to work with Oscar but the pressure from these supporters is just unbearable. I have worked with the team for a long time without any motivation, and for the team’s fans to treat me this way, it is very unfair,” Mwalweni said.
Asked to comment on the hiring of Kaunda, Mwalweni said it was a great move since his experience would help the team to escape relegation.
Mwalweni, however, called on the club to find ways of motivating the players.
Chipanga, while admitting that Mwalweni was under pressure from the supporters, insisted that he was still the coach.
“Mwalweni is still with us. Kaunda is only assisting him,” Chipanga said.
He disclosed that some of the club’s supporters have volunteered to be responsible for Kaunda’s welfare.
The team lies second from bottom on the league table with 21 points. Kaunda has since challenged Karonga players to win the next three games to ensure survival.
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