Downs choose Julius over Manda!

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Sibu­siso Masilela

- manzini Sun­downs head coach Charles Manda’s fu­ture with the club looks uncer­tain. This fol­lows a move by the club re­quest­ing the en­dorse­ment of their newly-ap­pointed as­sis­tant head coach Julius Chaku­pewa, as their new head coach with the Eswa­tini Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. It has been re­li­ably gath­ered that the ‘Kappa Boys’ fur­nished the foot­ball mother body with a let­ter re­quest­ing the en­dorse­ment of the CAF li­cence B holder Chaku­pewa, leav­ing the fu­ture of the vet­eran Malaw­ian born men­tor in the bal­ance. A source close to the mat­ter as­serted that Sun­downs sub­mit­ted their let­ter ear­lier this week fol­low­ing their 0-3 loss to Royal Leop­ard last


week­end. “Sun­downs sub­mit­ted a let­ter to the EFA stat­ing that Chaku­pewa was their new head coach and fur­ther re­quested a grace pe­riod to al­low him ex­e­cute his du­ties un­til the next CAF Li­cence A course . Chaku­pewa is a CAF B holder and is not el­i­gi­ble to be a head coach since he does not pos­sess the re­quired CAF A Li­cence A,” ‘Sun­downs are cross­ing their fin­gers to be granted their wish,” said the source Sun­downs Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer Muzi Mat­sen­jwa main­tained that there were no changes within their tech­ni­cal bench when reached for com­ment yes­ter­day.

“I have no com­ment on the said mat­ter.

The Chair­man, Mark Carmichael en­dorses all of­fi­cial com­mu­niqués and has not briefed me on such. Charles Manda is in charge of Manzini Sun­downs as head coach. He is as­sisted by Mduduzi ‘Nyama’ Shongwe and Julius Chaku­pewa,”

“Njab­u­liso Sime­lane re­mains our goal­keeper coach and to my best knowl­edge, we have no changes in the tech­ni­cal bench,” he said.

EFA Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer Muzi Radebe could not be drawn for com­ments on the mat­ter af­ter his cell­phone rang unan­swered when con­tacted yes­ter­day.

EN­DORSES: Downs Chair­man Mark Carmichael.

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