-Nkana FC have parted ways with head coach Kenneth “Bubble” Malitoli.
The Faz division 1 north leaders have decided against renewing Malitoli’s contract for another six months due to budgetary problems at the club.
Technical advisor Beston Chambeshi is set to take over the reigns although he has been linked with a move back to Botswana with an unnamed top-flight club there.
Malitoli has been in charge at Nkana since January when he took over from Jericho Shinde after the latter’s contract was not renewed by the club.
Malitoli leaves Nkana after a flying start for the club this season that saw them mount a 13-match unbeaten run to open-up a 14 point lead from March until May.
That was all before Nkana begun their spectacular fall following violent scenes when Kalewa beat them 1-0 in a week 14 game on May 25 in Kitwe.
The incident subsequently led to Faz handing Nkana a 14-month ban from playing all their competitive home matches anywhere in Kitwe, Kalulushi and Chambishi.
Nkana have since then collected just two points from their last five games after the ban.
They have since then seen their runaway lead cut to just two points after 2nd placed Chambishi beat them 2-0 away on Sunday.
The record 11-time league champions have been in Faz division 1 north since they were relegated for the first time in their history in 2004 and have yet to return to the top-flight since then.
-Elsewhere in football news, two Faz Premier League games will be played tomorrow Wednesday, June 27.
Both games are delayed Week 17 matches and will see leaders Zesco travel to Chililabombwe to face freefalling Konkola Blades in 8th place while 4th from top Green Buffaloes welcome Roan United in 11th position at Independence stadium in Lusaka.
-And in boxing, Esther Phiri’s opponent in this Saturdays GBU Women’s Super Featherweight fight at Woodlands Stadium Radostina Valcheva of Bulgaria has arrived in the country.
The Bulgarian arrived six hours ahead of schedule this morning at 06:30 hrs at Lusaka International Airport from Sofia via London.
Phiri and Valcheva will come face-to-face with each other for the first time on Wednesday morning during an official press briefing at the Holiday Inn in Lusaka.