SUN SPORTS writes
FOLLOWING the second loss at home, Zanaco FC management have opted to relieve coach Chris Kaunda of his duties.
In a statement issued by club media and public relations officer Martha Nshimbi, management reached a decision to put the head coach on leave following the string of poor results.
Zanaco FC General Manager, Marlon Kananda announced the development to the players and technical bench before yesterday’s morning training session at Sunset stadium.
Team manager Robin Munsanka will take charge of the team in the interim until the end of the season.
Kaunda joins the endemic of sackings over the last fortnight that have hit the league namely Mohamed Fathy at Napsa Stars, Tennant Chilumba at Forest Rangers, Levy Chabala at Kabwe Warriors and Perry Mutapa at Power Dynamos.
The climax came on May 25 when Zanaco were crashed 4-0 at home by fourth placed Buildcon at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
Kaunda was hired in January 2020 after Zanaco fired Mumamba Numba following four years in charge.
The highlight of Kaunda’s tenure saw him guide Zanaco to their debut continental quarterfinal qualification in the 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup where they were knocked out by Pyramids FC of Egypt.
However, despite Zanaco guaranteed a top four finish this season, after finishing seventh last term, Tuesdays’ defeat to Buildcon technically handed Zesco United the league title.
Zesco, who are coached by Kaunda’s predecessors Numba in his first season at the helm, need four points from their next two games to end the title race with four matches in hand.
Meanwhile, Zanaco team manager and long-serving assistant coach Munsanka is expected to oversee the remaining matches that they need to cement their number two status.