Malawi’s Manda lands Manzini coaching job in Swaziland

Swaziland’s Manzini Wanderers has hired Malawian tactician Charles Manda as their new head coach with the team’s Managing Director  Mduduzi ‘Tsotsi’ Mabila revealing that the club want to get “back to basics” under their new coach.

“We are delighted to confirm Charles Manda as our new coach,” Mabila said in an interview with Nyasa Times.

He said Manda, who was coaching Malawi Super League side Mighty Wanderers, started his duties as new Manzini Wanderers coach after agreeing on a year renewable performance-based contract with an option for two-year renewal

Mabila said the club has “faith” in Manda to deliver.

: Wanderers' MD Mduduzi 'Tsotsi' Mabila (second from left) shaking hands with new Malawian coach Charles Manda after he was unveiled

: Wanderers’ MD Mduduzi ‘Tsotsi’ Mabila (second from left) shaking hands with new Malawian coach Charles Manda after he was unveiled

The Swazi Observer described Manda as “the respected Malawian coach.”

He takes over from former Sihlangu mid-fielder Mphumelelo ‘Flamingo’ Gamedze whose reign was cut short after

According to the paper, Mabila told journalists that Manda’s contract is performance-based, which means he must deliver on his mandate before it is renewed for the further two years.

“Armed with a rich curriculum vitae (CV) that includes being a CAF Instructor and CAF B Licence holder, Manda comes to Wanderers highly respected as he is also former Malawi senior national team assistant coach and won a number of caps for his country during his playing days,” The Swazi Obseveor introduced the Malawian coach.

Manda told the Swazi Observer that  he is happy to have finally joined the team after a failed attempt in 2010.

The coach revealed that he was meant to join the Manzini giants four years ago on the recommendation from his countryman Kinnah ‘Electric Man’ Phiri who ironically played for and coached Wanderers before but the deal could not come through due to certain complications.

 

“Kinnah Phiri recruited me to Wanderers in 2010 but unfortunately, the deal could not materilaise at the time. As fate would have it, my move has finally happened and I cannot describe my delight being in Swaziland at Wanderers. I actually spoke to Kinnah before coming to Swaziland and he shared his experiences during his time at the team. He also told me that Wanderers are a big team and coaching them comes with pressure but I am ready for the challenge,” he was quoted saying.

 

The coach hinted that he could bring good players from Malawi  but was quick to point out that all this would depend on the Wanderers’ authorities.

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