NAPSA Stars football club has ‘requested’ coach Tenant Chilumba to proceed on a month-long leave with immediate effect.
Napsa Stars’ downward journey started in week 21 on August 6 when Power Dynamos beat them 3-2 at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
Since then, the ‘pensioners’ have lost five more games in a row and the team currently sits on eighth position with 37 points, as at week 26.
On Sunday, sturdy Green Buffalos beat Napsa Stars 1-0 and the army side is now on the summit of the MTN/FAZ Super League with 47 points, a point better than second-placed Zesco United.
After the loss on Sunday at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, Chilumba confessed that his side that had a bright start in the season was playing under pressure.
“We just have to put our heads together; I know [that] we are under pressure and we want results. But results can only come when you are playing well. I can’t say we are out; we’re still in contention. I can’t say what has gone wrong because I’m still working with the team,”
Chilumba told journalists in a post-match interview.
And in a terse press statement released in Lusaka yesterday, Napsa Stars media relations officer Gwen Chipasula stated that assistant coach Linos Makwaza would take charge of the team while Chilumba is away.
“The executive committee of Napsa Stars Football Club has requested head coach Tenant Chilumba to proceed on a four-week leave with immediate effect. The club will not issue any further statement on the matter,” stated Chipasula.