Gilbert Chirwa takes charge at Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar FC

Chirwa and Kalamula

There is change at the helm of Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar FC following the mutual departure of the club's coach, Dan Dzimkambani.

Former Flames and Big Bullets defender Gilbert Chirwa has now taken charge.

Dzimkambani had to leave as he does not meet the requirement of having a CAF B license.

Technical Director for the club Masa Kalamula confirmed of Chirwa's arrival on a one-year contract with an option to extend and acknowledged the issue of papers being the reason they had to part ways.

He explained the club met on February 27th, 2023 with the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Club Licensing system aimed at promoting and improving the quality and level of all aspects of club football in Malawi and it was established that Dzimkambani cannot continue.

"According to rules and regulations of the Club Licensing System, head coach must meet the coaching requirements as stipulated by FAM for the relevant FAM Club Competition the Licence applicant is applying to participate which is a minimum CAF B for the Super League.

Nonetheless he applauded coach Dzimkambani for the job well done with the team last season stating they wished to continue with him but they had no choice based on club licensing rules and regulations.

The incoming coach Chirwa expressed excitement but was cautious of the pressure ahead.

He said he was ready to achieve greatness with a club which he is very passionate about based on their performance last season in the elite league.

"Pressure is always there in a game of football and I know that people are expecting a lot from the team this season something that I am also expecting, so let's get back to business and see what we can do," Chirwa said.

He commended his predecessor for building a good foundation for the team which will make his job a bit easy to handle.

"Dan is a good coach and he was equally a good player during his playing time which is a clear indication that he has left a good side for me to proceed with," he highlighted.

Gilbert Chirwa started his coaching career in 1991 with Bullets before joining Escom United during the 1999-2000 season and he returned to Bullets in 2007.

A season later, he joined Silver Strikers and managed Mzuni FC in 2018 before joining Rumphi United during the first month of the 2022 season and left the club with only 3 games in charge before finishing the season with Ekwendeni Hammers assisting them to survive relegation.

Chirwa has been given a chance to bring his own assistant coach but Christopher Luba Zinyongo will remain with the team as a second assistant coach.