Barely a week after guiding Afc to its first league win and breaking the winless jinx, Thomas Trucha has ended his short love affair with AFC leopards.
Confirming the news, Ingwe chairman Dr Dan Shikanda in a brief statement said that the coach called it quit after he felt unsafe in the country.
Below find the chairman’s statement.
3rd December, 2020
Status of Coach Tomas Trucha and Duncan Otieno
Good evening. I want to thank you all for being here. I think this is going to be a very important and brief conference and so I’ll get straight to the point.
Today, we accepted Tomas Trucha’s resignation as Head Coach, effective immediately. This has been occasioned by the coach feeling that his safety is not guaranteed since his manager, Mr. Prince Channis has been threatened by people purporting to be Ingwe supporters. This is disturbing and unacceptable for anyone who claims to be a supporter of this esteemed club. True AFC Leopards’ supporters hold themselves to the highest standard and put the Club’s and public good before all else. At this time, the remaining technical bench shall take charge as we consider a replacement. On behalf of the Management, we thank Trucha for his contributions to the Club and wish him well in his future endeavors.
On Duncan Otieno, we’d like to reiterate that the player had registered with us though both his previous Club and also the Football Association of Zambia were yet to furnish us with his International Transfer Certificate and the TPO respectively. However, we’d like to confirm that we are in communication with the Football Association of Zambia as well as Lusaka Dynamos and we aim to have this issue settled amicably in a fortnight.
As you know, we are working towards realizing a formidable team that will give all of us a rewarding football experience. Thus, I am grateful to all members and fans for their support and urge them to steadfastly join us in this exciting venture as we build a team to compete for trophies. Thank you
National Executive Committee
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The sudden departure of Thomas Trucha dents Ingwe’s image and makes the club as the undisputed champions when it comes to firing coaches.
Ingwe is still searching for its first silverware after winning the league last in 1998. Ingwe fans have not taken the departure well and have since turned the heat on the club chairman seeking to understand the underhand dealings that could have led to the coach’s departure.
Former Bandari FC coach BERNARD MWALALA is set to replace Trucha at the den.