Mighty Wanderers remain optimistic despite massive player exodus

Faced with a massive exodus of their key players, Mighty Wanderers say they are not fazed with the prospect starting the next season without a bulk of their players.

The team remains optimistic of doing well next season.

The Blantyre giants, who finished at an unenviable 4th position last season, will have to do with the departure of a number of their players who formed the spine of the team, many of whom have clinched deals with some teams outside the country.

Towards the end of last season they lost their inspirational midfielder, Flames international Joseph Kamwendo, who trekked down to Mozambique and was followed by other regulars Gerald Chimbaka and Flames Captain, defender Moses Chavula.

The Nomads showcase their replica jerseys from their sponsors Carlsberg Malawi being sold at the prize of K5000 each
The Nomads showcase their replica jerseys from their sponsors Carlsberg Malawi being sold at the prize of K5000 each

The team’s outspoken General Secretary (GS) David Kanyenda said in an interview that as a team they are not moved by the departure of some of their regular players and come next season they will put together a team formidable enough to challenge for top honours.

“As it is natural in any field you always look at opportunities to advance your career and it is the same with our players who have sought for greener pastures abroad and we wish them all the best. But, as Nomads family, we will remain very strong and am assuring the Nomads faithful that we will out together a team strong enough to win the championship,” said Kanyenda.

On top of the already done deals, they are also pending transfers of Alfred Manyozo Junior and Innocent Jere who look destined for Botswana where they had successful trials last year only for the deals to fall through on technicalities.

And Caps United of Zimbabwe look certain to lure in their camp Nomads’ captain Foster ‘Zagaf’ Namwela and upcoming winger Gerald ‘Papa’ Phiri, a development Kanyenda confirmed.

“It is indeed true that Caps United has expressed strong interest to get on board the duo and what remains now is to work out the deal because at the moment discussions between the two parties are already underway. We hope an agreement will be reached soon to help us prepare for their replacements,” said the Nomads GS.

Kanyenda says the team has embarked on a serious recruitment drive to replace the players who have left.

However, he could not be drawn to disclose their possible targets saying that might alert some of their rivals who may end up jeopardising their deals.

“Brother, at the moment I cannot tell you the names of the players we are bringing on board for fear of some people standing in our way. Just wait until we formalise the deals but be sure that new faces are headed for the Lali Lubani Road,” he said.

Recent media report indicate that the Nomads are targeting players from Super League relegated side, Super Escom, whose players might be tempted with the prospect of remaining in the top flight league.

The Nomads will look to improve on their last season’s performance when they only managed to win the Standard Bank trophy but finished a distant 4th place in the league. They were rocked in a Carlsberg sponsorship race with age old rivals, Big Bullets, who came second in the league.

As of now, the beer brewing company is yet to announce the team they will be sponsoring next season between the two.

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