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Mafco fire coach Mike Kumanga

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After a disastrous start to the season, Salima-based soldiers Mafco have reportedly fired Head Coach Mike Kumanga after just eight games in charge of the team in the 2018 TNM Super League season.

Kumanga becomes the first top flight league coach to be shown the exit this season after Nchalo United maintained Charles Manda as their mentor in the midst of reports of his firing last week.

A well-placed source Monday confirmed that Kumanga has been fired from his post after a poor campaign in both the league and the Airtel Top 8 Cup.

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“At the moment, things are not good. He did not train the team on today due to the same. There is a meeting pertaining to the same and we will know the outcome by close of business [today],” said the source.

In Kumanga’s absence, the players were drilled by the team’s goalkeeper trainer as officials met to work on Kumanga’s replacement.

But speaking to The Daily Times in a telephone interview, Mafco assistant Team Manager, Maxwell Smoko, refused to comment on the matter, saying he was in a meeting.

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Efforts to speak to Kumanga proved futile as his mobile phone was off.

Kumanga was appointed Mafco coach early this season, replacing Temwa Msuku who is with Kamuzu Barracks as assistant coach.

The former Red Lions mentor only managed to guide the Salima-based soldiers to a 2-1 victory over Nchalo United in the TNM Super League.

Mafco exited the Airtel Top 8 Cup after 1-0 aggregate loss to Blue Eagles in the quarterfinals.

The soldiers also lost 1-0 to Masters Security at Dedza Stadium last Sunday, just 24 hours after drawing 1-1 against Eagles at Nankhaka Stadium.

The appointment of Kumanga as Mafco coach came after Malawi Defence Force reshuffled technical panels for its teams before the start of the season.

But life has been tough at Mafco for the former Flames left back who was also fired as Red Lions coach last season as the Zomba-based soldiers battled relegation.The team lies second from bottom in the Super League with six points from seven games.

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