CORRECTION: United Stars FC Head Coach Resigns

10 Mar 2015 13:10pm
REPLACING International Federation of Football Associations’ (FIFA) A-licence coach WITH Confederation of African Football (CAF) C-licence coach IN FOURTH PARA.

RUNDU, 10 MAR (NAMPA)- Rundu-based United Stars Football Club (FC) head coach, Paul Mallembu, has resigned from the club following management’s alleged interference in team selection.
Mallembu resigned from the club on Monday after the team’s four consecutive defeats in the 2014/2015 Namibia Premier League (NPL) saying, “It was indeed a long journey of happy moments and challenges.”
United Stars FC were over the weekend defeated in their backyard to Civics and Citizens FC who thrashed them 1-0 and 2-1 respectively.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) C-licence coach told this agency on Monday that he tendered his resignation as head coach because of a poor working relationship between management and the technical team.
He cited too much interference in the team’s selection by management as being the major reason for his departure.
The former Kavango regional under-20 team coach said he had to part ways with United Stars because the team was also unable to fulfil its obligation as stipulated in the contract agreement.
He however thanked the team’s supporters and members for their unwavering support during his tenure as head coach of the club.
United Stars’ team captain Miguel Manaza confirmed Mallembu’s resignation to this news agency on Monday, saying the team’s spokesperson Daniel Namwira will be serving as caretaker until a new coach is recruited.
Namwira also confirmed Mallembu’s resignation but could not divulge more details when contacted by this reporter on Monday.
This is not the first time that Mallembu is parting ways with the club as in the 2011/2012 soccer season, Mallembu who was instrumental in ensuring that the team got promoted to the NPL, was dropped as head coach because the team could apparently not afford the salary he was demanding.
It was alleged that Mallembu demanded a monthly salary of N.dollars 5 500 but the team was only prepared to pay him N.dollars 2 000.
Mallembu’s departure from the club has also been on the card this soccer season, as some players during the first round of the soccer season demanded that he be removed from the position so that the club can appoint a new person who is committed to running the Rundu-based premiership outfit.
The concerned players said they want their axed coach David Snewe to be reinstated, as they do not understand why he was removed from that position in the first place.
Snewe, who last season fought to ensure that the club remained in the country’s top-flight football league, was relieved of his duties apparently because the club could no longer afford his salary, which remains undisclosed.