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Silver Strikers chief bows down

Thokozani Chimbali to leave club amid death threats

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DEADLOCK—Fans close the office

Silver Strikers Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali has said he will leave the club at the end of his contract on March 30 2023 following alleged death threats from unknown people.

Chimbali, alongside Fans Engagement Officer David Dauda, has been under fire from some supporters, who went to the extent of sealing the club’s offices on Saturday while demanding the firing of the two.

In a sudden twist of events, Chimbali said he decided to quit his post to save his life.

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“Silver Strikers is my home but when your life is at stake, consider your family first. My contract ends on 30th March 2023 with the company and I have asked the board not to renew it. Do not take death threats lightly,’’ Chimbali wrote on his Facebook page.

In the meantime, Chimbali has gone on leave until the end of his contract on March 30 2023.

The sponsors, Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), summoned the all stakeholders to an emergency meeting at Club House on Sunday and, among other things, called for dialogue.

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Silver Company Secretary Peter Masiye said the club will soon start the process of recruiting a CEO.

“The board has accepted the decision and it is a mutual agreement. We cannot force someone to work when the environment is not safe,” Masiye said.

Following the development, Silver’s board has appointed Marketing Manager Faith Mzungu as acting CEO.

The supporters claimed that Chimbali was responsible for offloading some of the team’s players without the blessings of the team’s technical panel.

Silver offloaded Frank Banda, Blessings Tembo, Prince Phiri, Mike Robert and Tawonga Chimodzi.

Silver Supporters’ Coordinator Brandson Levison was not available for his reaction Tuesday.

The supporters are expected to meet Wednesday at Silver Stadium to map the way forward.

Last year, Silver supporters forced the board to dissolve the main supporters’ committee, claiming that some members were strangers.

Meanwhile, sports analyst Parry Chinyama has said the supporters have overstepped their mandate.

“This is bad for Malawi football. We need sanity in clubs,” Chinyama said.

While Chimbali was Silver CEO, the club won the FHD Bank Cup in 2021 under the tutelage of Zambian Daniel Kabwe.

They also finished as runners-up in both the 2021 TNM Super League and the Airtel Top 8 Cup.

Last season, the club finished empty handed, after finishing on position five in the league.

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