Zanaco have sacked coach Mumamba Numba after a poor start to the season by the seven-time Zambia Super Division champions.
Numba’s dismissal comes barely 24 hours after the 2016 league champions were crushed 3-1 by ten-man Lusaka Dynamos in a Lusaka derby match played at Nkoloma Stadium.
“Sensational Zanaco FC head coach and first assistant Mumamba Numba and Kelvin Kaindu respectively have been sent on administrative leave,” Zanaco said in a brief statement.
“Current team manager coach Robin Munsaka and goalkeeper coach Kalumba Mpunga will take charge of the team in the interim.”
Zanaco are currently winless in their last six league games with three defeats and as many draws.
Sunday’s loss was also Zanaco’s second by that margin in less than three weeks after Power Dynamos dismantled those 3-0 at home on December 11.
Numba’s departure comes just six days before Zanaco’s CAF Confederation Cup Group B home date against ESAE of Benin in Lusaka who collected their first league stage points of the competition against the Zambian club on December 29 in a 0-0 home draw in Porto Novo.
Interestingly, Zanaco are unbeaten in continental competition this season with four wins and three draws stretching back to the knockout phase.
Numba leaves Zanaco after he was promoted from first assistant in 2015 when he replaced Aggrey Chiyangi and guided the Lusaka giants to a second place that season.
Zanaco then won the 2016 league title and finished runners pin 2017 under Numba.
Numba also oversaw Zanaco’s most successful continental run with their debut CAF Champions League group stage qualification in 2017 and their second-ever CAF Confederation Cup appearance this season.
Numba also steered Zanaco to their debut Barclays Cup (Now ABSA Cup) victory in 2017-a competition they had never failed to qualify for in its thirteen-year history.
However, 2019 will be different in the ABSA Cup as Zanaco sit in the top four of the relegation zone on 13 points from twelve games and four matches in hand.
Zanaco are thirteen points off the threshold for the top six qualifying places despite their four games in hand at the mid-season cut-off point when the top six ABSA Cup qualification spots are decided.
By Kalumiana Kalumiana