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‘Mighty’ coach slams bosses

Ahmed Suliman

MUFULIRA Wanderers coach Ahmed Soliman has taken a swipe at the club’s executive committee for letting go of influential players during the off season.
Soliman said in an interview in Mufulira on Monday after watching his team suffer a humiliating 4-1 defeat to City of Lusaka in a Super Division Week Two match that the club is paying for letting go of the core of the team.
Some of the key players that have left Shinde Stadium are Warren Kunda who has joined former coach Manfred Chabinga at Green Eagles, Allan Kamwanga (Power Dynamos), Mike Katiba (Green Buffaloes), and Taonga Bwembya (Zanaco), among others.
“Last season we ended the season strong, before I went for my holiday [in Egypt] I wrote to the executive telling them  that none of my first team players should go but when I came back I found my captain [Bwembya] gone.
“Mufulira Wanderers is a big team, a big brand, with good supporters. Every player wants to come here. I proposed over three players to come, they have been training with me but the executive is not signing them.
“I don’t know why some executive members are not serious with the team, this is a big team with brilliant history, you cannot run a big team like this, no… no,” Soliman said.
On the match, Soliman said the game was lost psychologically.
“This is a bad thing for my team, we just have to work hard and come back strong. I love this club and I want the team to succeed, so I will sit with my coaches and work on the next game,” he said.
When contacted, Wanderers secretary Goodwell Mateyo declined to react to Soliman’s claims.
“I have no comment,” Mateyo said.
And City coach Elijah Chikwanda hailed his team for their performance.
“It was good to come here and pick full points with such a good display, we continue working because my team is a work in progress,” Chikwanda said.

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