Be Forward Wanderers have fired coach Bob Mpinganjira, his assistant Allan Kamanga and technical director Yasin Osman following pressure from some fans in the wake of two successive home defeats.
Team manager Stevie Madeira and goalkeeper trainer Vales Kamzere have survived the chop in the shakeup.
The Nomads’ reserve team coach Albert Mpinganjira, younger brother to Bob, has since taken over in an interim capacity with effect from yesterday pending the outcome of negotiations with Mighty Tigers coach Gerald Phiri, who has been earmarked to take over the mantle.
The Nomads were thrown into fresh turmoil following their 1-3 TNM Super League loss to Blue Eagles on Sunday which came barely a week after going down 0-1 to Silver Strikers in the quarter-final first leg of the Airtel Top 8 which led to the fans demanding the removal of the coaching panel.
Nomads chairperson Gift Mkandawire and general secretary Mike Butao yesterday said the club would issue a statement on the new developments later, but main supporters committee chairperson Melvin Nkunika, who is also executive committee member, confirmed the development.
Said Nkunika: “Following a meeting held on Monday, we were briefed later on as a supporters committee that they had resolved to remove the three technical officials and that in the meantime, head of the reserve side Albert Mpinganjira will be the interim coach as discussions with the prospective new coach Gerald are still ongoing.
“We are happy that the executive committee has heard our plea and we are hopeful that negotiations with Gerald will be successful so that he takes over the team as soon as possible.”
Osman yesterday also confirmed his firing, saying: “Yes, we have been fired. I am in receipt of the letter from the club terminating my services so too Allan. I am not sure about Bob though as he is with the national team.
“It is a blessing in disguise because they [executive] are just scratching the surface. There are just too many problems at Wanderers. Anyway, let us see how it goes.”
However, Bob said he was yet to get communication from the club regarding the changes.
“I have heard that Yasin and Allan have been served with the letters, but I have not received any communication,” he said.