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Zanaco FC Sack Chris Kaunda

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Zanaco have parted company with coach Chris Kaunda despite the seven-time champions sitting at number two with four games left before the close of the FAZ Super League 2020/21 season.

Kaunda’s one-and-half year reign has come to an end following back-to-back league defeats over the last week.

He joins the endemic of sackings over the last fortnight that have hit the league namely Mohamed  Fathy at Napsa Stars,  Tennant  Chilumba at Forest Rangers, Levy Chabala at Kabwe Warriors  and Perry Mutapa at Power Dynamos.

The climax came on May 25 when Zanaco were crashed 4-0 at home by fourth placed Buildcon at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

“Zanaco head coach Chris Kaunda will not be in charge of the team for the last four games of the season,” Zanaco  media officer Martha  Nshimbi said in a statement on May 26.

“General manager Marlon Kananda announced the development to the players and technical bench before Wednesday morning’s training session at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka.”

Kaunda was hired in January 2020 after Zanaco fired Mumamba Numba following four years in charge.

The highlight of Kaunda’s tenure saw him guide Zanaco to their debut continental quarterfinal qualification in the 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup where they were knocked out by Pyramids FC of Egypt.

However, despite Zanaco guaranteed a top four finish this season, after finishing seventh last term, Tuesdays’ defeat to Buildcon technically handed Zesco United the league title.

Zesco, who are coached by Kaunda’s predecessors Numba in his first season at the helm, need four points from their next two games to end the title race with four matches in hand.

Meanwhile, Zanaco have appointed team manager and long-serving assistant coach Robin Munsanka to oversee the remaining matches that they need to cement their number two status.  

4 COMMENTS

  1. The careless sacking of coaches is what is affecting Zambian football. One is sacked by Team X and in less than a week Team will engage the same sacked coach. Zanaco fired Numba Mumamba only to be engaged by ZESCO United FC and Zanaco had it tough on the pitch with ZESCO United FC. Just when compared North Africa teams they don’t fire coaches as though they are changing suits. There is always bad times for teams so what is logic of sacking coaches without also looking into players conduct during training, matches and off the pitch. There are many factors that affect the performance of players.

  2. It does not make sense to fire a coach who has guided the team to the current second position on the log table only second to Zesco United. Sometimes club officials act emotionally instead of keeping their cool. Who ever said that it was a taboo for a team like ZANACO to suffer a 4 nill defeat. Understand that you are playing fellow humans who have the same intentions like yours. Therefore results can go either way, you loose some and win some. Firing the coach is not a solution at all since his truck record is good by any standards. If it was a team facing relegation i can understand but not with ZANACO. The Zambia coaches association do they ever exists. What exactly is their role, coaching has become one of the most risky jobs of all times. May be this may be the reason why…

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