Zambia head coach asks the F.A to fire him

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By: Danito Nsubuga

Having only taken over the job in January last year, Zambian head coach Wedson Nyirenda has asked his bosses to fire him if they feel he is not capable of taking them any further.

This comes after the remarks made by FAZ (Football Association of Zambia) president on national TV that he was to call an executive meeting to decide the fate of Nyirenda.

Andrew Kamanga told Musi TV that Nyirenda’s destiny hung in balance and that the FAZ would convene to discuss his future immediately.

” We are calling a technical committee and I don’t want to pre-empt what will be discussed. Certainly we are going to review Nyirenda’s performance”. Kamanga was quoted.

These remarks did not go down well with Nyirenda who fired back by calling upon the FAZ to take a bold step and sack him.

He forwarded a letter to all the the FAZ Executive members and secretariat staff adding that he was tired of being looked down upon and ready for any consequences if he was fully paid.

The letter read,

“The past week, I have wanted to meet you ( The president) but it has not been possible due to circumstances,” Nyirenda said.

“I want to make it clear that from inception, I was not wanted. It has been so evident in the way my office and person has been disrespected.

“It’s like your executive has made up their mind to fire me. The media statements being attributed to the FAZ makes it clear that I am not wanted. 

“The best to do is you (FAZ) terminate my contract and settle me so that I find something else to do.”

The former Chipolopolo striker added that there was no need for a technical committee meeting to review his position, stating that the executive had already made up its mind.

“I don’t think there is need for technical review when you have already judged and made up your minds. You would be doing me a great favour if you terminated my contract”.

“I have been injured for so long now and I am only human. We cannot go on pretending.”

Nyirenda was appointed in January 2017 , taking over from George Lwandamina. He led the team to second place in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group and to the quarter finals of the 2018 CHAN championships in Morocco.

He has also previously coaches Zambian giants Zanaco and Zesco United.

(Additional notes by African football.com)

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