By MICHAEL MMIYOBA
BARELY four months after replacing Manfred Chabinga as Nkana FC coach, Kelvin Kaindu has been sent on a three-weeks forced leave following Nkana’s seven-game losing streak in the MTN Super League.
Nkana acting Chief Executive Officer, Kapwepwe Mutale confirmed the development in a statement issued by the club’s Media and Public Relations Officer Lillian Musenge.
Mutale stated that Kaindu has agreed to proceed on a paid leave in view of a string of bad results that the team has posted in the recent past.
Mutale noted that assistant coach Kaunda Simonda will act as head coach in the absence of Kaindu and will be assisted by Young Nkana head coach, Fidelis Chungu who has been elevated.
Nkana senior team physical trainer, Joseph Musonda, has been demoted to the junior team and has been replaced by Nkana Gym instructor and physical trainer, Chewe Mwamba. “All these developments and restructuring process have been instituted in order to save the senior team from being relegated,” Mutale explained. The changes at Nkana comes a day after the Kitwe giants gifted city rival Kitwe United their first win of the season after 23 games played in the MTN Super League.
Nkana who are MTN Super League defending champions have endured six straight losses in the league where they occupy 16th position with 21 points, on par with 17th-placed Lumwana Radiants.
Nkana have failed to recover from a 3-1 bashing by Buildcon FC in a fixture played on February 7 and went on to suffer defeats to Power Dynamos, Kabwe Warriors, a draw with Green Buffaloes before the 2-1 defeats to Forest Rangers and Kitwe United in the last two games. Their poor home form has been a cause for worry as they have een doing fairly wll in the Confederations Cup in which they have reached the group stages.