Silver Strikers have called for calm and unity in the face of pandemonium that has led to Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali’s resignation.
Chimbali threw in the towel on Tuesday after some supporters locked up his office, accusing him of not working in the club’s interest.
The Central Bankers’ board secretary Peter Masiye said stakeholders need to support the team’s preparations for the new season if it is to win silverware.
“We need unity if we really want to win the league title and lift major cups. Our supporters should desist from acts that will divide the team and give advantage to the opposition. This pandemonium must stop.
We are a big team that is just going through a bad patch.
“We know where we went wrong last season and we are doing all we can to bounce back. Winning the league title and other major trophies in the country is our wish. It is the wish of every team to do better and win trophies. Nobody is happy about our failure to win trophies,” Masiye said.
He said the club will name its coach by month end from a shortlist of local and foreign names.
“We appreciate the need to complete the process in time so that the coach has time to assess his squad before the new season kicks off,” Masiye said.
He declined to give out any names.
Silver sacked Zambian coach Daniel Kabwe last season after a string of poor performances and hired Leonard Mpulula and Etson Kadenge Mwafulirwa to manage the team in its last eight games.
Mpulula said he is optimistic of landing the job.
“Given a chance, I can help the team do well in the new season. My colleague [Kadenge Mwafulirwa] and I would like to be given the opportunity to show what we can do for the team in a full season. We should not be judged by what we did when we were there in an interim capacity.
“Of course, we did the best we could despite the little time at our disposal. The final decision lies with those who were assessing our performance. But we are capable of performing beyond expectations. All we need is to be given a chance,” he said.
Silver finished the 2022 TNM Super League season on fifth position and exited the Airtel Top 8 Cup in the semifinals following a 3-1 loss to Nyasa Big Bullets FC at Kamuzu Stadium.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.