News of a rift between Nyirenda and Chawapihwa has been doing the rounds, but Bakgaga have since denied this.
Chawapihwa was left out of the team’s Absa Premiership encounter against Free State Stars on Wednesday night, just a few days after Nyirenda directed strong words to the player for not shaking the coach’s hand when he was substituted in the 2-1 defeat to Orlando Pirates.
After that defeat to Pirates, Nyirenda said: “I don’t like that. I won’t hide it to you, I don’t like it, I hate it a lot. I fired a player from the Zambia national team because of exactly the same thing. I am not going to tolerate it here because I am the same Wedson. I am here to instil discipline and I will do that.”
Asked if there is a rift between him and Chawapihwa after the player was left out last night, Nyirenda said: “That’s my son. I am hear to manage the team and I am running the team. When you are coach, you must know the two things you are doing – you are managing human resources and you are managing the club. It’s an organisation.
“Rules prevail and I go by the rules. If I falter, Mr [Khurishi] Mphahlele will say ‘coach you are ill-disciplined, go’. If a player does something, you reprimand him. He’s your son and he has to show remorse to come back. That is all.”