IT was long coming and the last stroke was his observation that the team is disorganised tactically following their 1-2 loss to hub giants Manzini Wanderers this past weekend.
SOCCER – IT was long coming and the last stroke was his observation that the team is disorganised tactically following their 1-2 loss to hub giants Manzini Wanderers this past weekend.
That is the tale of Zambian Coach Chris Tembo, who has since been fired with immediate effect by capital city giants Mbabane Swallows following a very short stint of about two months with the team.
Tembo joined the team about two weeks before their unsuccessful Orange Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League preliminary encounter against Zambian side Nkana in February.
His sacking also comes after two consecutive losses to police side Royal Leopard (2-0) in the SwaziBank Cup semi-finals last weekend and Manzini Wanderers (2-1) in the MTN Premier League this past weekend.
Swallows’ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sibusiso Manana yesterday explained that they took the decision to part ways amicably with the coach after they discovered that they had different philosophies as a team and coach and adopting his would have meant that they had to change the playing staff in the team to accommodate it.
“The coach, Chris Tembo is no longer with us as we have parted ways amicably. He wasn’t fully employed by us as we were still assessing him.
We are just parting ways and it is definitely not because of the current results as any coach can bring us the desired results, but we are just going through a rough patch.
“He is a good coach and has his own philosophy, which is however different from ours and if we had to adopt it we would have to make many changes in the team including the playing staff,” he remarked.
Manana further wished Tembo the best of luck in his future endeavours and disclosed that they currently owe him nothing. He further stated that Tembo will be going back to Zambia soon.
The sacking of the coach coincides with his outbursts that the team is disorganised after their 1-2 loss to the hub giants at the Somhlolo National Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
He observed that the team is disorganised tactically where the MTN Premier League title is concerned, stating that such is due to a lot of factors. He added that they are also not motivated, which was working to their disadvantage.
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