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Mafco, Silver Strikers hire Tione Tembo, Peter Mgangira

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Barely a week into the new season, Mafco have hired former Zomba United mentor, Tione Tembo, to deputise Coach Mike Kumanga.

In Lilongwe, Silver Strikers have also employed their former skipper Peter Mgangira as a temporary assistant coach to Young Chimodzi in place of Lovemore Fazili who is with Malawi under-20 national football team.

At Mafco, Tembo replaces Gift Kadammanja, who has been demoted to youth team coach.

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Mafco Team Manager, Herbert Lemani, confirmed the development, saying Tembo was expected to start work on Wednesday.

“We hope that the team will do well this season,” Lemani said.

Reports suggest that Kadammanja was suspended for two weeks over allegations that he had grudges with some of the team’s players, leading to their underperformance.

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Kadammanja on Wednesday refused to comment on the allegations.

Mafco are without players— Zikhole Nguluwe, Kalisto Kalinda, Martin Masoatheka, Emmanuel Chipeta and Dingiswayo Banda— who were banned for four games for being involved in a scuffle during the 2-1 loss to Nyasa Big Bullets at Chitowe Ground last season.

Mafco have since beefed up their squad with Alexander Sikwambe, Mabvuto Khozomba, Amadu Ali and Dan Tambala.

The Salima-based team opened the season with a two-all draw against fellow soldiers, Red Lions, at Chitowe Stadium on Sunday.

In the close season, Malawi Defence Force reshuffled technical panels for its teams, with Kumanga replacing Temwa Msuku as Mafco’s coach.

Msuku is now an assistant to Kamuzu Barracks’ mentor Billy Phambala whereas Stereo Gondwe is in charge of Lions, with Charles Kamanga steering Moyale Barracks.

In Lilongwe, Silver General Secretary, Thabo Chakaka- Nyirenda, on Wednesday confirmed that Mgangira had stepped in temporarily for Fazili, who is expected to be with the junior Flames until June.

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