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Silver Strikers hold indaba

By Tione Andsen (Mana) & Peter Kanjere:

UNDER PRESSURE—Fazili

Silver Strikers Executive Committee on Monday evening agreed to establish a commission of inquiry to find out the reasons behind the team’s dismal performance.

Failure to win silverware might see the team fail to participate in either Confederation of African Football Cup or Champions League next year, despite that the team’s management set aside K500 million budget for the continental assignment.

Silver Chairperson, Ralph Tseka, Monday dispelled rumours that the committee had suspended Coach Lovemore Fazili, and Team Manager Francis Songo with Young Chimodzi supposedly placed in charge of the team alongside Peter Mgangira and Sibusiso Padambo as assistant Coach and Team Manager, respectively.

Tseka said they wanted to establish the reasons behind the struggles of Silver who are on third place on the TNM Super League log table with 37 points from 19 games, nine points behind leaders Nyasa Big Bullets.

“It is not true that the committee has suspended the two [Fazili and Songo]. We have only agreed to look into the real bottlenecks as to why our team is not doing well this season,” he said.

Chimodzi Monday said he was not aware of the purported reshuffle, adding that the committee had just called him for a meeting that was scheduled for yesterday.

A fortnight ago, Silver fans demanded the sacking of the coaching panel after the team drew 0-0 against Blues Eagles at Nankhaka Ground in Lilongwe.

Eventually, the committee directed that the coaches should ensure that Silver win the next two consecutive league games or risk being sacked.

The committee also told the coaches to win the remaining cup games of Carlsberg and Fisd Challenge, having surrendered the Airtel Top 8 after losing 1-0 to Eagles in the semi-final earlier in the season.

Since being given the ultimatum, Silver beat Mzuni 1-0 in a league match then Lilongwe Veterans 4-3 in a Carlsberg Cup round-of-32 encounter before being held 0-0 by Mafco in the league last Saturday.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that Silver pay their players handsomely with game bonuses pegged at K50,000 for a win.

Former Silver midfielder, Hellings Mwakasungula, Monday called for a holistic approach to the problems affecting the team’s performance.

“I think management has to answer. They seem not to understand what their left hands need to do. I am sorry but I have enough respect for Young Chimodzi.

“I do not want to be seen as trying to be against their ideologies. Let us wait and see what next. I am sorry to say that Silver won’t win the TNM Super League championship again this year,” Mwakasungula said.

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