Mighty Wanderers Assistant Coach Oscar Kaunda has asked to be excused from his duties as teams continue preparing for a possible resumption of the TNM Super League this month-end.
Kaunda, who joined Wanderers on a two-and-half- year contract in May 2019, has written the club asking for permission to relocate to Karonga, his home district, where his mother has been sick for some time.
The former Civo Service United mentor is asking to leave at a time the Lali Lubani Road outfit continues to struggle financially after Japanese second-hand car dealers Be Forward Limited dumped them in December last year.
In his letter to the club, Kaunda said he wanted to look after his mother in the Northern lakeshore district.
“I write to seek permission for a break so that I can attend to some urgent family matters in Karonga. My mother has been sick for a while and I want to temporarily relocate to Karonga so that I can take care of her,” the letter reads.
Kaunda confirmed writing the letter in a separate interview, saying he needed to be close to his mother.
However, Wanderers Vice Chairperson Christopher Kananji said he was not aware of the development.
“This is news to me. I need time to crosscheck with my colleagues,” Kananji said.
Kaunda has been taking full charge of the Nomads each time his boss, Bob Mpinganjira, left for the Malawi National Football Team where he is a physical trainer.
Should Kaunda be allowed to leave, Bob will remain with his younger brother Albert as his only assistant, with the team’s former defender Foster Namwera as team manager.
Sports analyst George Kaudza Masina said Kaunda’s departure would be a big blow to Wanderers.
“Oscar has proved that he is one of the best coaches in the country. He delivers when in full charge of a team and not under someone’s control,” he added.
Kaunda, who holds a Caf C Coaching Licence, is one of the highly rated coaches in the country after winning the Standard Bank Cup with Civo courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Wanderers in 2016.
Kaunda has also coached TNM Super League teams such as Karonga United and Masters Security, and Northern Region Football League side Zolozolo FC.
The Nomads have started the season on a low, having won just a single match and are hoping to revive their fortunes when the season resumes.
They are on position 12 in the elite league with seven points from seven matches, 12 points behind leaders Silver Strikers, who have played two more matches.