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Daniel Kabwe, two assistants fired

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George Kaudza Masina

Silver Strikers have fired Zambian coach Daniel Kabwe and his two assistants Macdonald Mtetemera and Macdonald Yobe due to poor showing in the second round of the TNM Super League.

However, Kabwe claimed that the axing reports were a rumour as he was yet to get official communication.

This comes after Silver surrendered top spot in the league after losing 2-1 to current leaders and defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium on Friday.

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The decision also comes less than a month before the start of the Caf Confederations Cup.

Silver Board Chairperson Victor Madhlopa confirmed the firing of the Zambian alongside his two assistants but he could not give more details as he was rocked in a meeting Sunday.

However, Madhlopa told www.Zambiansoccernet.com that they have partied ways with Kabwe on mutual agreement after he failed to meet targets.

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“We tasked the coach to guide the club to not less than 24 wins of the possible 30 league matches. We are now on 14 wins with seven games remaining. That means the set targets are clearly not going to be met at the current form,” he is quoted as saying.

“It was, therefore, mutually, agreed to end the wonderful relationship. Silver Strikers wishes Danny Kabwe all the best in his future endeavours.”

The Central Bankers hired the Zambian in February last year and one of the targets was to win the league, which has eluded them for eight years.

When contacted yesterday, the Zambian said he was yet to be communicated to on the matter.

“We had discussions but, for now, I will not be able to make a statement because it is still a rumour,” said Kabwe, who won back-to-back titles with Zanaco in Zambia and also won the Swazi Cup with Mhlume United in eSwatini.

In the second round, the team registered only three wins (Mafco 3-2, Red Lions United 2-0 and Karonga 2-0), three losses (TN Stars 1-0, Chitipa 1-0 and 2-1 to Bullets) and two draws against Civil Service United and Kamuzu Barracks.

In total, Kabwe guided Silver to 14 league wins, five losses and draws. He also helped the team to reach the quarterfinals of FDH Bank Cup as they will meet Bullets.

Sports analyst George Kaudza-Masina said the timing was bad.

“With the league almost over and Caf tournament in the offing, the timing is surely bad. For Kabwe, results have not been coming and worse still, his assistants Mtetemera and Yobe were not fully welcomed at Area 47,” he said.

“Blaming Kabwe, who was not given a chance to choose his own backroom staff and scout players, might not be fair enough. Kabwe was building a team for the future and Silver was looking for instant results, that is where things might have gone wrong for him to get the sack.”

Meanwhile, reports indicate that Silver Reserve Coach Leo Mpulula and Peter Mgangira will be in charge of the team until the end of the season.

Silver are second on the log table with 46 points from 23 matches, two points behind Bullets, who have a game in hand.

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