Zolozolo United’s owner, Kingwell Nyirenda, has said a financial dispute might have contributed to the departure of their Coach, Oscar Kaunda, from the Simama Premier Division side.
But the new Karonga United Assistant Coach has dismissed the claims.
Kaunda quit the Mzuzu-based side five days after guiding them to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Fisd Challenge Cup to date Be Forward Wanderers.
Kaunda said he was not contracted to Zolozolo, hence he was free to leave the Mzuzu team.
Reports suggest that the team recently quarreled with the former Civo United mentor over the sharing of K1 million Fisd Cup regional prize money, which they won after beating Rumphi Pirates 1-0 last month.
Nyirenda on Tuesday confirmed that after the team received the money, Kaunda demanded a 17 percent cut ( K170, 000).
He said the club initially refused to bow down to Kaunda’s demand, but later obliged.
“Yes, I can confirm that at first we had a dispute over the sharing of the money. He wanted a 17 percent share of it. But as a team, we could not give in to his demands. After several negotiations with him as well as consultations with other stakeholders, we decided to give him the amount he wanted,” Nyirenda said.
“But I have also to say that Karonga United approached us asking for the release of Kaunda sometime back. So the reasons behind his departure are a bit mixed.”
However, Kaunda expressed ignorance about his prize money demands, adding that he never quarreled with the team.
“I am hearing this from you [the reporter]. I have been staying well with Zolozolo United since they day I joined until the day I left [for Karonga],” he said.
Kaunda joined Zolozolo after being sacked by Civo early this year for failing to meet Fam Club Licensing System requirement that head coaches must possess a minimum of Caf B Licence.
He has since enjoyed a fantastic start to his new job, guiding Karonga to a 2-1 win over Blue Eagles last Sunday in a TNM Super League games.
However, Karonga’s Coach, Kondwani Mwalweni, has since jumped ship, claiming that some supporters were baying for his blood over the team’s poor performance.
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