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Silver Strikers rope in Etison Kadenge Mwafulirwa, demote McDonald Yobe

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Sleeping giants Silver Strikers have roped in former Ekwendeni Hammers coach Etison Kadenge Mwafulirwa as first assistant coach and redeployed McDonald Yobe to the reserve side, where he will be head coach.

Mwafulirwa will be working under head coach Leo Mpulula, who was previously in charge of Silver Strikers Reserve.

Silver Company Secretary Peter Masiye said they were hopeful that the reshuffle would change the club’s fortunes for the better.

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“It is a done deal. We are very happy to bring Kadenge to the Silver family. We hope he will bring the much-needed change,’’ Masiye said.

The club has also roped in Malawi National Football Team goalkeeper trainer Victor Mphande in a similar capacity.

Mphande replaces Sibusiso Padambo, who is now at the Under-20 side, while Young Chimodzi Junior has been maintained as team manager.

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Masiye said the club will advertise the post of permanent coach soon.

The changes come after former Flames coach Meck Mwase turned down an offer to take charge of the Central Bankers.

Masiye said they will give all interested coaches the chance to try their luck.

“We want to give all interested coaches equal chances to take up the post. Our plan is to have the new coach before the end of the season so that we compete for the Airtel Top 8 Cup,’’ he said.

Silver are yet to settle down in the coaching department after firing Zambian coach Daniel Kabwe early this season due to poor results.

Kadenge Mwafulirwa said he was ready for the new challenge.

“I do not want to promise the moon and the sun but I am ready to help the club. This is a new chapter in my coaching career,’’ he said.

At Silver Reserve, Yobe will be assisted by Davie Moya and Rodrick Gonani whereas Lyton Mangani has been retained as goalkeepers’ trainer.

Silver failed to successfully defend the FDH Bank Cup following a 5-4 loss to Dedza Dynamos on post-match penalties.

They are also out of the title race in the TNM Super League this season.

Silver last won the league title in 2014.

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