Kinnah Phiri sacked, demands K40 million


Malawian football great, Kinnah Phiri, has asked for a payout of K40 million from Mbeya City FC after the Tanzanian Premier League side terminated his three-year coaching contract on Wednesday, citing poor performance.
“After a long discussion, both parties agreed not to continue with their previous agreement. The main reason is bad results of last season. The club will announce the head coach soon but the team will remain under the supervision of Assistant Coach, Mohamed Kijuso.
“The club wishes to thank coach Phiri for his key contribution to our team. We will continue to appreciate and remember it [his contribution] and believe coach Phiri will continue to be a supporter of our team as he has been part of our family,” reads a translated version of the club’s statement posted on its website www.
However, the former Flames and Nyasa Big Bullets’ trail-blazing coach yesterday insisted that Mbeya arrived at the decision after failing to pay his salary for five months.
Kinnah said Mbeya have accepted to pay him the K40 million in salaries and game-bonuses for three of the remaining 18 months of his contract, which he signed in 2015.
“We have parted ways amicably, but the actual contract will be terminated in November when they pay me. We had our last meeting yesterday and I told them that I cannot coach without pay.
“The money could have been more if they had paid me for all the remaining 18 months. But the club is in bad shape, so I reduced the months to six, but still they said they could not afford. I eventually came down to three months,” the former coach of South Africa’s Free State Stars said.
Kinnah said it did not make sense for Mbeya to claim that he was sacked over poor performance, just two games into the new season.
“If they wanted to fire me, they could have done so at the end of the season in May. Even Sankhani Mkandawire and Owen Chaima are living a hard life here.
“They have not been paid for four months. The club is bankrupt and it might be sold because some people defrauded the city council [sponsor] and some markets were gutted down,” the coach said about the former Bullets players.
Mkandawire and Chaima were not readily available for comments yesterday.
Mbeya are on position 11 on the 16-member log table for the Tanzanian league with three points from two games. Last season, Mbeya finished mid table.
Kinnah saved Mbeya from relegation in his first season after joining from Mzuni FC where he was technical director.
Previously, Kinnah coached Free State Stars in South Africa in three stints, having first been employed in 2005.

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