As the battle for honours in the top flight TNM Super League gets hotter, Red Lions have fired their coaches due to the team’s poor performance.
With nine games to wrap up their season, Lions management has moved in and made some drastic changes to the technical panel, firing coach Collins Nkuna and his assistant Mike Kumanga due to the team’s poor performance.
Nkuna has become the third casualty this season after Mafco and Silver Strikers who fired their coaches Sterio Gondwe and Stein Chirwa respectively.
Meanwhile, team manager Pritchard Mwansa will take charge of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) main team up to the end of the season.
Nkuna confirmed the development and said he had accepted his fate.
“We got communication from our chairman, Major Chilambe, who is also our commanding officer at Cobbe Barracks,” Nkuna said, adding: “We have been told that we may be deployed to other MDF teams.”
Nkuna thanked the CO for supporting theteam, saying: “He was always there for us. It’s just unfortunate that the results were not forthcoming.”
Lions’ campaign was hugely affected by the suspension of eight players for eight months by Super League of Malawi (Sulom) following the violence that erupted at Kamuzu Stadium during a Super League match against Fisd Wizards.
This meant Nkuna only had three first XI players available for selection.
However, the team lies in the middle of the table on position seven with 30 points from 19 games.
They are just above another army team Moyale Barracks, who are on eighth position with 28 points from 22 games.
Army headquarters side Kamuzu Barracks are on position six with 32 points from 21 games.
The 2015 season has been tough for army teams as they have been struggling both in cup and league games.
Though once a force to reckon with, none of the five MDF teams made it to the finals of the country’s top trophies Standard Bank and Carlsberg Cup.
Airborne Rangers face possible relegation as they lie on position 13 with 17 points from 20 games.
However, Mafco are the only army team that seems to be flying their flag.
They are second to leaders Big Bullets on the table with 37 points from 21 games.