Kaunda has been replaced by his assistant Dennis Makinka who has assumed the role of caretaker coach with immediate effect and will be assisted by Keagan Phiri.
“Nkwazi Football Club part company with Coach Chris Kaunda following a six game winless run. Assistant Coach Dennis Makinka takes up the head coach position in the Interim”, confirmend the club’s media team yesterday.
According to a club official, Kaunda has been relieved to save the club which has been recording poor results in recent games from sinking further.
“We cannot afford to see the club sink. Our expectations are very high and we decided to relieve Kaunda to save the club. We have players to do the job,” the official said.
Makinka has been given a target to revive the team with the first task being the next game against Kansanshi Dynamos.
Nkwazi will host Kansanshi in a week nine match at Edwin Imboela Stadium tomorrow.
Nkwazi’s recent record includes two defeats and three barren draws.
They recently lost to Napsa Stars and Green Buffaloes; drew against Mufulira Wanderers, Lumwana Radiants and Power Dynamos.
Nkwazi were also held to a 1-all draw by Nakambala Leopards while their last victory was a 3-1 win over Zanaco on September 21 at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
In response to a press query on the development, Kaunda also confirmed his sacking: “It’s very true. Am a child of God the all mighty. I ‘ve accepted with no regrets. God’s time is the best my dear brother. Psalms 91. Only our lord our God will tell the whole story and I‘ve wished the new technical bench, the executive, the players, the sports directorate, my fellow officers the best of luck and and no ill feelings. It’s all about total loyalty to my employers and the Command.”
When asked if he would consider coaching the police run club again, Kaunda said his doors were open should the club require his services in the future: “Off course, if they need my services in the near future, am an open page”
The Zambia Police-sponsored side is 12th on the Super Division table with 10 points from eight games.