CASTLE Lager Premier Soccer league side Buffaloes coach Saul Chaminuka has quit the club.
Report by Kenneth Nyangani
He has cited lack of support from the team’s administration and the resignation comes after he was given a three-match ultimatum to start winning or face the sack.
Buffaloes first assistant Shadreck Magurasave and second assistant Timothy Masachi, who both led the army side back into top-flight football in 2011, are also set to be relieved of their duties.
The first match of the ultimatum ended in a 2-0 loss to Triangle. Buffaloes will face Dynamos at home in their next league match.
In an interview with NewsDay Sport yesterday, Chaminuka said they agreed to part ways with the club executive before wishing the next coach in line at the army side all the best luck.
“Yes, I have resigned from Buffaloes and the reason is lack of material support from the administration. I wrote my letter of resignation to the club executive on Monday and we agreed to part ways although my contract with them runs until the end of the year,” he said.
“The situation was not good at all for me and I had to decide, but I still have Buffaloes at heart and I wish them all the best of luck. I also wish the new coach who will take over from me success,” he said.
Buffaloes spokesperson Tendai Chitowa confirmed the development yesterday, saying that they were going to announce a new technical department by the end of the week.
“Yes, it is true that he resigned. We had given him a three-match ultimatum and we had played one game and he lost the match. We met him on Monday at a meeting where he said he was throwing in the towel,’’ he said.
“He is supposed to hand over the letter of resignation today (yesterday).
“Since Chaminuka resigned, we are going to relieve the entire technical department of its duties. We are not sparing anyone from the team manager to the medic.
“By the end of the week, we are going to announce a new coach and the good thing is we are on a two-week break so he will have the chance to assess all the players and also to go on the market next month.”
Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere, who does not have a contract with the former asbestos miners and has hinted on quiting, is favourite to replace Chaminuka, while the unemployed duo of Max Jongwe and Lloyd Chitembwe are also understood to be in the frame.