Cracks have emerged in Silver Strikers camp resulting in the team’s poor showing in the TNM Super League this season, The Daily Times has learnt.
Details indicate that there is a fall-out between technical panel members.
It has been learnt that head coach, Stain Chirwa, and team manager Francis Songo, who are believed to be close friends, prefer other players while assistant coach Peter Mgangira and Itaye Nundwe have also their own choice of players.
However, according to a meeting held on Monday this week, the technical panel blamed the team’s poor showing in the league on lack of depth in the squad.
In an interview on Tuesday, Silver acting general secretary, Fred Kalonga, could neither admit nor deny the fallout between the technical panel members but said there were a lot of issues leading to the team’s poor performance in the league.
“We had a meeting with the coaches on Monday and they are of the view that the squad lacks depth because the team lost some of the players while the league was already in progress,” said Kalonga, who is also the club’s treasurer.
“They say we needed to find good replacements for the players who left the club to join foreign clubs,”
Before the start of this season, Silver lost Chawanangwa Kaonga, Frank Banda Charles Swini to Mozambican clubs.
Lameck Kachimanga is in Nigeria undergoing trials with Dolphins FC while midfielder Young Chimodzi Junior is heading to India to join Kenkre Sporting Club, Ghanaian forward Samuel Siaw is ineligible to play, Blessing Tembo is out though injury while Peter Pindani is busy with work commitments.
In separate interviews, Chirwa and Mgangira denied reports of a rift between them.
“We are very close friends and I enjoy working with him,” said Mgangira.
On his part, Chirwa said the team was going through a bad patch because of squad depth.
The Central Bankers are on position seven on the log table with 19 points from 13 games, seven points behind current leaders Big Bullets.
Out of 13 games, the Bankers have only chalked six wins, drawn once and lost six games in the TNM Super League.
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