The saga between Mighty Wanderers and former assistant coach Oscar Kaunda has taken another twist, with the club writing Football Association of Malawi (Fam) seeking guidance on how the matter should be handled.
Wanderers want Fam to intervene on the issue of Kaunda’s conduct after he asked to be excused last week to look after his sick mother in Karonga but ended up signing for Karonga United as assistant to coach Daniel Dzinkambani.
The Nomads’ General Secretary Victor Maunde said they would not block Kaunda’s move to join Karonga but insisted that proper procedures needed to be followed.
“We do not want to stand in his way but he should acknowledge the fact that he has a running contract with us. He wrote us a request to be excused but we were shocked to see him training another team. We are in a top flight league where contracts are supposed to be respected,” Maunde said.
Kaunda joined Wanderers on a two-and-a-half-year contract in May 2019 and the deal was due to end in May this year.
Fam Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said the Nomads had presented their side of the story through the letter.
“After receiving the letter from Wanderers, we have also written Karonga and the coach to respond to the matter. This will help us to come up with solutions,” Jangale said.
Kaunda acknowledged receiving Fam’s latter and said he was working on the response.
“I just had to do what was necessary after staying for 10 months without getting paid. I have a family to look after and I cannot be working without pay. So I will respond to the letter accordingly,” he said.
National Football Coaches Association (NFCA) General Secretary Dave Mpima defended Kaunda, saying he followed procedures before leaving Wanderers.
“We are following this matter with keen interest. We have been in touch with Mr Kaunda and he has told us that he will resolve the matter with Wanderers. We will take time our to weigh both sides of the matter. If Wanderers were fulfilling all contractual obligations, then Kaunda has to follow what they agreed,” Mpima said.
Kaunda, who holds a Caf C coaching licence, is one of domestic football’s highly rated coaches after helping Civo Service United to win the Standard Bank Cup in 2016 after beating Mighty Wanderers 1-0.
After Kaunda’s departure, , Wanderers only have assistant coach Albert Mpinganjira training the team as Coach Bob Mpinganjira is with the Malawi National Football Team in camp preparing for two crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against South Sudan and Uganda next month.
The Nomads will be hoping to make a better return to action when the season resumes as they are currently on position 12 in the TNM Super League with seven points from seven matches.