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Silver at the centre of controversy again

Silver Strikers have parted ways with their Board of Trustees Chairperson, Victor Madhlopa, for reasons which the club has not provided.

A club statement signed by their secretary, Martin Kachikwati, indicates that Madhlopa has been replaced by Rodrick Chattaika.

Chattaika who is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer for Small and Medium Enterprise Development Institute (SMEDI) is said to have served in the team’s board for at least six years.

Madhlopa was recently all over the local and international media outlets claiming that the Daniel Kabwe led technical panel was fired over poor performance.

His sentiments were later dismissed and reversed after a meeting of members within the board was reported to have happened.

The team then said it was still with the Zambian coach along with assistant Macdonald Yobe and that one assistant coach, Macdonald Mtetemera has been suspended pending investigations regarding the team’s current form.

Meanwhile the club has announced that it has withdrawn from the CAF Confederations Cup.

The decision has been arrived at since their head coach Kabwe does not have one of the tournament’s requirements which is CAF A license but rather CAF B license and a UEFA coaching license.

“To conform to the requirements Mr. McDonald Mtetemera was registered as Head Coach since he holds a CAF A license and Mr. Daniel Kabwe who holds a CAF B license and UEFA B license as his deputy. Recently, Mr. McDonald Mtetemera has been suspended pending investigations. His availability cannot be guaranteed until the matter is fully investigated and concluded,” reads parts of the statement.

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The development means the Central Bankers will be fined three thousand US dollars (USD 3,000) by the continental soccer governing body and banned from participating into the CAF organized tournaments for two years.

“We understand what we have gotten ourselves into and we know the penalties that we are supposed to pay. We have weighed all of our options,” said the club CEO in an interview.

Apart from suspended Mtetemera, the bankers have another CAF A holder in their family, Leo Mpulula, who is coaching their youth side.

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