Kabwe, Yobe reinstated, Mtetemera suspended
In a sudden twist of events, Silver Strikers have reinstated coach Daniel Kabwe and assistant coach Macdonald Yobe but have suspended another assistant Macdonald Mtetemera pending investigations.
Initially, Silver had on Saturday night, confirmed the firing of the technical panel after missed targets.
But on their official Facebook Page Tuesday, Silver said the Zambian and Yobe will still be in charge of the team.
“To all the fans and stakeholders, be advised that Daniel Kabwe, remains the head coach deputised by Macdonald Mtetemera and Macdonald Yobe. However, Macdonald Mtetemera is on suspension pending investigations in relation to his conduct. A determination will be made after the investigations,” reads the statement from the club.
Kabwe has won 14 matches, drawn five times and suffered five losses in his debut season in the TNM Super League.
Silver Board Chairperson Victor Madhlopa said the decision was reversed following a request from the players.
“Players requested to meet the Directors of the Board where they indicated that they feel the coach is still the best we have had and prayed that the decision be reversed,” Madhlopa explained.
“This was considered at the emergency board meeting which unanimously voted to nullify the termination and reinstate the head coach. The head coach gladly accepted the reversal and is back at work now. We are all happy and looking forward to an even better conclusion to the season.”
However, Madhlopa was unable to give details behind the suspension of Mtetemera.
Silver surrendered top spot on the 16-member log table after a 2-1 loss to Nyasa Big Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium last week.
The Zambian has also guided the Central Bankers to the quarter finals of the FDH Bank Cup as they will face Bullets.
When contacted yesterday, both Kabwe and Mtetemera were reluctant to comment on the matter.
Kabwe was appointed Silver Coach in February last year on a two-year deal but he spent the better part of last season idle as football was suspended due to the Covid pandemic. He was given a target of winning the league, which has eluded the Central Bankers since 2013.
However, with few matches remaining, the Central Bankers are still in contention for the title as they are second with 46 points from 23 matches whereas Bullets lead the log table with 48 points with a game in hand.
The Central Bankers will also take part in Caf Confederations Cup slated to start in September this year.