Trident Football Club (TFC) Head Coach, Israel Mwanza has been placed on administrative leave following a disappointing run of results in the current MTN Super League.
Club Chief Executive Officer, Mvula Mangulenje, said after a thorough evaluation of the team’s performance and the recent string of unsatisfactory outcomes, the decision was made to place Mwanza on administrative leave.
In a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday, Mangulenje said this choice had been made with the best interests of the club in mind and in an effort to assess and address the root causes of our sub-par performances.
He said during Mwanza’s absence, Assistant Coach, Anold Malisawa, would assume the role of Interim Head Coach.
“Malisawa will be assisted by Mwape Chongo and Isaac Shimoko as physical trainer and goal keeper’s coach respectively,” Mangulenje said.
He said the trio together with the Technical Director, Charles Harmon, had been an invaluable member of the coaching staff, possessing a deep understanding of the players, the club’s philosophy and the ambitions.
Mangulenje expressed confidence in their ability to lead the team during this period.
“It is important to emphasize that the administrative leave of our head coach is not a decision taken lightly, but one made after careful consideration and with a focus on achieving long-term success for our club,” he said.
Mangulenje said Trident FC management was committed to thoroughly assessing the situation, identifying any underlying issues, and taking the necessary steps to address them.
He said team supporters have high expectations, and management shares in their frustrations regarding recent results.
“And we remain committed to change the narrative,” Mangulenje said.
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