Nkana Football Club has placed head coach Beston Chambeshi on immediate administrative leave, the club announced on Tuesday. The decision comes in the wake of a challenging start to the season, with Nkana experiencing consecutive defeats against Red Arrows and Mutondo Stars.
Stepping into the interim coaching role is the capable First Assistant Coach, George Chilufya. With a depth of experience within the club’s structure, Chilufya assumes a pivotal position in steering the 13-time champions through this transitional period. Assisting him in this endeavor will be John Lungu, who brings his own tactical insights and strategic acumen to the management of the team.
The decision to place Chambeshi on leave was made by the club’s management team, who felt that a change was necessary to turn around the team’s fortunes. Chambeshi had been in charge of Nkana since 2020, and led the team to the league title in his first season. However, the team has struggled this season, and the management felt that a change was needed to give the team a fresh start.
Chilufya is a former Nkana player who has been with the club for many years. He is well-respected by the players and staff, and is seen as a capable interim coach. He will be assisted by Lungu, who is also a former Nkana player and has a wealth of experience in the game.
The club’s management is confident that Chilufya and Lungu will be able to lead the team to a turnaround in fortunes. They are committed to providing the team with the best possible support, and are confident that the team will be back to winning ways soon.
The decision to place Chambeshi on leave has been met with mixed reactions from fans. Some fans have expressed their support for the decision, while others have criticized it. However, the club’s management is confident that the decision is in the best interests of the team.
The club’s next match is against Green Eagles on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how the team performs under the new coaching team.