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Red Lions fire coach Mike Kumanga

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By Tiyese Monjeza

Red Lions have sacked coach Mike Kumanga over poor performance in the 2022 TNM Super League, which is just seven weeks old.

Kumanga has been fired together with vice team Manager Alexander Saka after the team won three games out of eight matches as the season is seven weeks old.

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The team’s assistant publicity secretary Joy Khakona said Nelson Chirwa, who was Kumanga’s assistant, will be the caretaker head coach for the Zomba-based Malawi Defence Force side.

“After an assessment on the team’s poor performance, we established that there were some misunderstandings in the technical panel, especially in team selection. So, we opted to act earlier before it gets worse,” Kakhona said, adding that the team’s executive committee will soon discuss potential candidates to fill the positions of head coach and vice team manager.

Kumanga, former Flames fullback, could not be reached for a comment.

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However, National Football Coaches Association Chairperson Aubrey Nankhuni said the conduct of some teams in treatment of coaches was one of the main agendas the association discussed on Saturday during at its annual general meeting held in Salima.

The association has appointed a legal adviser and also amended its constitution.

According to Nankhuni, the new legal document has provisions that require each coach to have a contract which will be a guiding factor on the team’s assessment of a coach.

“To bring sanity on issues where coaches are being fired unreasonably, our coaches will be guided by the constitution and even have legal backing when they feel some contract clauses have been breached,” Nankhuni said.

In a separate interview, former Flames full back Ojukwu Malunga faulted Lions, saying the team should have given the coach some time to build the team before firing him.

During its executive general meeting in February, the club’s chairperson Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Ndekha challenged the club executive to put measures to help the team fight for major football honours in the country.

Karonga United also fired Zimbabwean coach Lazarus Magaya whereas former Flames defender Gilbert Chirwa left his role at Rumphi United.

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