By SANDRA MWILA –
NAPSA Stars head coach Hector Chilombo and his assistants have been slapped with indefinite suspensions owing to the club’s poor start to the 2015 MTN-FAZ Super Division League season.
Chilombo and his assistant Evans Sakala and goal keeper trainer Samuel Banda have since been replaced by interim coaches Geoffrey Hamakwanda and former Napsa player Harry Milanzi.
Napsa, who finished fifth last season in Chilombo’s first season at the club, have this season managed just four points from the opening six matches winning and drawing one match losing four to be in 15th on the table.
Club secretary Owen Chipinde said in an interview yesterday that the executive committee had suspended the entire technical bench as part of performance review of the team.
“We have sent away coach Hector and the entire technical bench on indefinite leave and this is part of our performance review as you may be aware Napsa Stars has not been performing well this season,” he said.
Chipinde said the executive had since appointed Hamakwanda from Young Napsa who will be assisted by Milanzi, who hanged up the boots last year and that their performance would be assessed for a month before a decision is made.
“We shall assess the interim coaches for a month and based on their performance the club will make a decision on the way forward,” Chipinde said.
Meanwhile, Chilombo pledged to remain loyal to the club until when the one month forced leave expires.
“Yes we have been given letters stating that we have been put on forced leave for a month. But I will remain loyal to the club and will see what happens when the period expires, whether we shall be retained or fired,” said the Zambia Under-20 soccer team coach.
The episode at Napsa comes barely three weeks after Nkana fired assistant coaches Zeddy Saileti and Gift Kampamba along with team manager Charles Charles Chakataziya.
FAZ Division One South side, City of Lusaka equally sent assistant coaches Charles Kafula and Tony Mukwasa were sidelined following the club 3-1 loss to Zesco Malaiti Rangers.
Times of Zambia