Karonga United sack Zimbabwean coach over results


Karonga United have fired their Zimbabwean coach Lazarus Magaya after failing to collect full points in six matches.

Magaya is the first coach to lose his job in the TNM Super League with Karonga lying second from the bottom, having collected just three points.

Karonga lost 2-0 to Silver Strikers and also went down 1-0 to Blue Eagles. Kamuzu Barracks also inflicted pain on the lakeshore side, thumping it 3-1.


The team collected its three points from draws with Civil Service United, Dedza Dynamos and Red Lions.

He becomes the first coach to be sacked after just six games in the current campaign.

Karonga General Secretary Ramsy Simwaka said they believe the decision was right after a poor start to the season.


’’We have started poorly this season and we believe we have made a good decision. It is not too late. We hope the team will bounce back soon,” Simwaka said.

Magaya was appointed Karonga coach in December last year after Dan Dzinkambani dumped the lakeshore side.

The Zimbabwean was not available to comment on his sacking as his mobile phone went unanswered Thursday.

Magaya was no stranger to Malawi football, having served the defunct Masters Security as technical director.

He also had stints with Botswana Premier League side Gaborone United and eSwatini top flight side Malathi FC.

Meanwhile, Karonga have hired former Chitipa United coach Christopher Nyambose to replace Magaya.

“We have engaged Nyambose, but discussions are still underway,” Simwaka said.

Nyambose’s first task as Karonga coach will be against Nyasa Big Bullets at Karonga Stadium tomorrow.

The new coach said his main target was to help Karonga finish in the top eight this season.

“I want glory days to return to Karonga. I know expectations from fans are high but we will go through a process that will help us get results. I just have to do my best so that the team delivers. So I am ready for the big task,” Nyambose said.

Karonga finished on position five in last season’s TNM Super League.

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