By Erik Chiputula and Nohakelha Phiri:
Kasungu based Super League outfit, TN Stars, are optimistic of success in the forthcoming season despite losing a number of crucial members in the executive committee and coaching panel.
Chifundo Kaliwo Nyirenda who was the club’s General Secretary stepped down and the head coach Joseph Malizani was also poached by Sable Farming FC who have just been promoted into the country’s elite league.
Currently the team is left with a coaching panel of five people led by Monkey Chirwa who will have to put the team through its paces when the season resumes.
Explaining why he stepped down as GS for the team he has been loyal to for about nine years, Nyirenda said he has to let others try too.
He said he stepped down a contented person who helped the team to stay in the super league for three consecutive seasons.
“I have done my part, I have to let others also do their part,” said Nyirenda, a brother to team owner Thomas.
The Kasungu Boys have since replaced Nyirenda as GS with Bester Ngwale who was their media officer and takes over with Nyirenda’s blessings.
Ngwale has assured that all is well as the team prepares for the next season.
On the part of coaching panel he said the five people left in the technical panel after Malizani left are enough to take the team through.
He said much as those in the technical panel fall short of Football Association’s club licensing requirements to have a CAF B licence in order to coach a super league team, they will still take charge of the team as currently it is only about preparations.
“Yes Malizani left, but he did not go with the technical panel. Currently the five people remaining in the technical panel will take the team through,
“These people have been with the team since promotion, though they do not have CAF B, they are qualified coaches,” said Ngwale.
Meanwhile, the team has embarked on a recruitment drive as they prepare for the new football season.
The team is currently calling for players who feel can play for the club to go for trials from 15 to 21 January.
According to Ngwale, the team expects to recruit about 15 new players.
“These will be added to players that we will retain after offloading some players for different reasons like performance and behaviour,” he said.
He added that overall the team’s preparation are going on well administratively, they will just wait to get back to work on the pitch.
TN Stars finished on number seven in last season’s TNM Super League amassing 43 points, scoring 28 goals and conceding 41.