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Silver Strikers coaches handed lifeline

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George Chiusiwa

Silver Strikers are considering offering full time contracts to interim coach Leo Mpulula and his assistant Etson Kadenge Mwafulirwa despite missing their target.

The two were told to win the Airtel Top 8 Cup and guide the Reserve Bank of Malawi sponsored outfit to a top four finish in the TNM Super League.

However, the bankers lost in the semifinal to Nyasa Big Bullets 3-1 in the Airtel Top 8 Cup and finished on fifth position in the league with 51 points from 30 matches.

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An inside source said the coaches will likely be maintained following the team’s substantial progress.

“The feeling is that we would have done much better if these coaches were brought into the team earlier. They tried their best both in the league and cup. We want continuity and we will offer them new contracts,” the source said.

However, one of Silver’s board members George Chiusiwa Friday said that they will review the duo’s performance during the short stint with the club.

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Chiusiwa added that Silver will also scrutinise applications it got for the hot seat.

“We will review the performance of the two and then decide. We also have applications which we need to analyse,” he said.

Mpulula and Kadenge Mwafulirwa were roped into the team with less than 10 games to wind up the season.

Both coaches have refused to comment on issues surrounding their future.

They replaced Macdonald Yobe, who was redeployed to the reserve side. Ironically, Yobe had replaced fired Zambian coach Dan Kabwe.

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