Malawi’s Escom United hires ‘Sir’ Alex Masanjala as coach again

Seasoned football mentor ‘Sir’ Alex Masanjala has returned to Escom Football to take charge of the team in its bid to win back promotion to the Super League.

Masanjala, who dumped Escom after failing to save the team from relegation from the top flight league, said he was approached by Escom officials.

“Yes, I can confirm that I have there (at Escom) for a third wee. I made a pledge with them before the end of last season that they could engage me if they were relegated and wanted to come back into the top-fight league.”

Masanjala, who was fired by Civo United in November last year, joined Escom at the start of this year and had indicated that he would be moving to a Blantyre-based top league side which has not yet happened.

Escom coach Masanjala: Returns
Escom coach Masanjala (L): Returns

The highly decorated coach is optimistic that he would deliver at the club despite being in unfamiliar territory, coaching in the country’s second tier league.

“I am looking forward to it. I have the zeal and the will to coach so I don’t think it will be difficult for me. What I will also be trying to do is to get top players from the places we will be visiting.”

Escom chairman Fanuel Nkhono said Masanjala offered his services after relocating back to Blantyre from Lilongwe.

“We had to welcome him back because of his experience and qualifications embed well with our future plans. Masanjala is someone who is conversant with developmental football and he is the right choice because we are a team with more youngsters,” he said.

Nkhono said they were not under pressure to return to the top flight league following their demotion.

“Our immediate plan is to build a team that plays well consistently. Of course we want to return to the Super League but we have to do it systematically,” he said.

Southern Region Football League kicks off this week after prize presentation for the league was held last week.

This would give Masanjala a daunting task to start life in the lower league side with the team.

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