BESTON Chambeshi yesterday bade farewell to Nkana players and the technical bench 24 hours after he asked club management to leave his post on mutual consent.
Chambeshi had a rough start to the current season losing two of the four opening games.
The team picked up tempo after Chambeshi left for the U-23 AfCON in Egypt under the tutelage of his assistant Manfred Chabinga.
Upon returning from Egypt, Chambeshi requested for a two-week rest to ‘sort out family issues’ amid speculation that he is among the top contenders for the vacant coaching job at Simba Sports Club of Tanzania.
In total, Nkana played six official matches in Chambeshi’s absence winning four and drawing two which heightened speculation that he would not be returning to the club.
He returned to work on Thursday last week and on Sunday asked to separate from the club which was accepted with management placing Chabinga as head coach in an acting capacity.
Yesterday he had an opportunity to address the players for the last time and thanked them for their dedication to duty during his time in-charge and further urged them to give even more to the team.
“I will be around if you need advice you can consult me. I am still with you. You have to give the coaches maximum support, wear that jersey with dedication and pride,” Chambeshi told the players in a calm but jovial mood further pledging that he would be speaking to Chabinga more often.
Chambeshi returned to Nkana for a second stint in July 2016 replacing Zeddy Saileti.
He guided Nkana to a first ever Barclays Cup title in 2017 and also took Nkana to the quarter finals of the CAF Confederation Cup the following year.
Chambeshi has already been linked to a number jobs; at Simba where Belgian Patrick Aussems was fired last week, at Buildcon, Kabwe Warriors and Kansanshi Dynamos.
Nkana starts life without Chambeshi with this Saturday’s game against nemesis Zesco United.