The future of Ishmael Thindwa, former Epac United and Zimbabwe’s top league team CAPS United at Mighty Be Forward Wanderers is shaky as the technical panel will determine his fate at the end of the season.
One of the technical panel member disclosed that Wanderers had not benefited much from the gangling striker since his arrival from CAPS on loan.
“We feel that Wanderers [has] not benefited from Ishmael Thindwa because he has not contributed much to the team. Now that his one-year loan deal is over we will sit down to review whether hiss services will be needed or not,” said one of the club officials.
“If he will stay then it means that we want him to repay the team otherwise he has gained more than what Wanderers [has] gained from him.”
In a related development the official said the team was impressed with the services of robust Victor Nyirenda at the club despite being a peripheral figure.
“Victor Nyirenda has contributed to the team. He has scored vital goals including those in that led us to win the Carlsberg Cup,” he said. “He has a better chance of being considered for the next season as compared to Thindwa.”
Wanderers technical director Jack Chamangwana also confirmed that the team would embark on clean-out exercise to come up with a reasonable squad.
This will lead to the release of some players while others will be loaned out.
“We have currently 32 players registered for the club and five players are on loan. We are planning to come up with a squad of at least 25 players because it is manageable,” said the official.
Wanderers face Red Lions on Christmas Eve in a game that will draw their curtain on the TNM Super League.
The Nomads are currently on position five with 42 points, while the Soldiers occupy position seventh with 41 points.
Basing on the log table, Red Lions will be battling to overtake the Nomads on fifth slot, while the Nomads will be vying for fourth position basing on Silver Strikers versus Azam Tigers game on the same day.
The Bankers are on fourth position with 43 points, and any victory against the Kau-Kau boys will end the Nomads dream of finishing in top four.
Despite the daunting task of facing a roaring lion, which always give the Nomads headache, coach Elia Kananji is buoyed by his own team’s recent good form.
“We’re on a perfect run towards the end of this League. We want to end the League on a high note by giving our fans a Christmas gift,” said Kananji.
“We are now in a position where we can really focus and give it everything on Thursday . I will have to see how we prepare for this game now and how we want to approach it.
“The confidence is there, the required result is there and we know exactly what is needed. Even a 0-0 draw is not good enough, so to score goals we will have to attack. –Additional reporting Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times