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Power press panic button

RED Arrows defender Webster Musonda (left) hacks Power Dynamos midfielder Kelvin Mubanga during a Super Division Week Six match at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday. The match ended 1-1. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA

POWER Dynamos chief executive officer Ricky Mamfunda has expressed worry at the performance of the team and has urged the Dan Kabwe-led technical bench to revisit their strategies in a bid to halt the poor run.

And Nakambala Leopards fans on Sunday harassed coach Mathews Phiri after the 1-0 defeat to leaders Lumwana Radiants in a Super Division Week Six match in Mazabuka.
Mamfunda said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the executive is concerned with the undesirable results.
From the six matches, Power have won once and drawn five times to occupy the 10th position with eight points at par with Green Buffaloes, Nkana and Forest Rangers.
“As management, we are getting concerned. We have drawn five times already meaning from a possible 15 points we have only collected five, which is not good. I am calling upon the technical bench to relook at their strategies. We are losing too many points….draws are not taking us anywhere,” Mamfunda said.
On Sunday, Kabwe escaped a beating from Power fans who wanted to vent their anger on him after a 1-1 draw with Red Arrows at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
Kelvin Kampamba struck first to give Power a false start only for Patrick Ngoma to equalise for Arrows.
Meanwhile Nakambala fans dragged Phiri from the dressing room to the pitch and demanded answers for the team’s poor showing.
The fans then handed a two-match ultimatum on Phiri.
The fans were only calmed down by Zambia Sugar Plc community development manager Gilbert Chota, who addressed them and assured that the sponsors would look into their demands.
Nakambala sources confirmed the harassment to the Sports Mail in Lusaka yesterday.
But Nakambala secretary Sam Mandunga said the executive will this week hold a meeting to review the performance of the technical bench.
Mandunga and club chairman Lloyd Mwale said the two-match ultimatum the fans handed on Phiri has no blessings of the executive.
“As an executive, we have not come up with any decision so far. We will be sitting this week to decide the way forward for the team,” Mandunga said.
Phiri was engaged last year after the dismissal of Humphrey Malikoni.
Nakambala were demoted but survived relegation following the increase of the number of teams in the Super Division from 18 to 20.
Nakambala are second from bottom with four points.


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