Stewart Hall‘s turbulent time as manager of the Zanzibar National Team came to an abrupt end before the weekend when he was fired by the Zanzibar Football Association (ZFA).
The ZFA have moved quickly in replacing him, announcing at the same time the appointment of Egyptian coach Abdelfatah Abbas.
The change in coaches couldn’t have come at a worse time for Zanzibar as they prepare for this years’ CECAFA Cup, the prestigious regional tournament for East and Central African nations, slated to kick off in less than a weeks time.
The reason given by the ZFA for Stewart Hall’s departure is unfortunate, unprofessional and a slightly comical.
The Zanzibar National Team had recently taken part in a pre-CECAFA Cup training camp in Cairo, Egypt. With several friendlies lined up, Hall was scheduled to linkup with the squad, in Cairo, a few days after the Zanzibar Heroes had arrived. Alas, the ZFA say Hall never showed up in Cairo.
Speaking from Zanzibar’s Bwawani Plaza Hotel to IPP Media, the ZFA spokesman, Hafidh Ali Tahir, confirmed Hall’s contract had been terminated and commented on the Englishman’s “poor commitment to his job, particularly his no show in Cairo”.
He went on to say; “Hall has shown a high level of irresponsibility and there is no way ZFA would have tolerated him and avoided sacking”.
So what was the reason for Stewart Hall no show in Cairo? ZFA claim the excuse given by the Englishman was that his passport was full and thus he had no room for an Egyptian visa.
Hall is still in charge of Tanzanian Premier League side Azam FC, his sacking by the ZFA brings to an end a difficult period in charge of the Heroes, who were not enamoured when the former Birmingham City academy director took charge of Azam earlier this year, whilst remaining in charge of the national side.