SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
STRUGGLING Super Division side Napsa Stars have sent coach Tenant Chilumba on a four-week forced leave following the team’s poor performance.
And Zambia Army commander Lieutenant General Paul Mihova has promoted Super Division Green Buffaloes players for their outstanding performance.
Club media and public relations officer Gwen Chipasula announced in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that assistant coach Linos Makwaza will be calling the shots in the absence of Chilumba.
When contacted, Chilumba declined to comment because he has been told not to grant interviews.
The decision to sideline Chilumba was made on Sunday after Napsa lost 1-0 to leaders Green Buffaloes.
The defeat was the ninth this season for Napsa, who are lying eighth on the log with 37 points, ten behind Buffaloes.
Napsa’s last win was on July 15, a 1-0 victory over Kabwe Warriors in Lusaka, and since then they have been on the receiving end.
Chilumba was appointed Napsa coach on May 24 last year to replace Wilson Mwale, who was fired following a string of undesired results.
Napsa started the 2017 campaign with a bang and topped the Super Division table for 13 weeks.
Meanwhile, Mihova, in a statement released in Lusaka yesterday by deputy army spokesperson Luswepo Sinyinza, said that he is encouraged by the players’ performance.
“I want to encourage you to work hard. I know you will ask for winning bonuses. I don’t have money to give you as winning bonuses, so the bonuses I am giving everyone is a next rank. This is a compliment towards your hard work and please keep it up,” he said.
Mihova urged the players to work hard so that the league trophy could head to Arakan Barracks.
He has also directed Buffaloes to win the Barclays Cup this year.
The highest-ranked player is Oyster Mwakatambala, who has been promoted from staff sergeant to warrant officer class two while the lowest are Mike Katiba, Emmanuel Museka and Tenson Mumba.
The three have been promoted to the rank of private having joined the Zambia Army recently.