Former Malawi national football team – The Flames – coach Kinnah Phiri will be staying longer in the northern region following revelations that Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC wants to keep him at their side.
Kinnah was roped in as technical director, and has worked magic wonders – with the team winning crucial games that include a three to nil victory with Be Forward Mighty Wanderers a few months ago.
Before, the team – popularly known as The Green Intellectuals – had suffered pathetic losses. Kinnah is ever since being believed to be the game changer, especially considering the fact that Mzuni FC escaped relegation by a hairs’ breadth.
A letter from Mzuni FC team manager Vyson Jedegwa to the team’s Chairperson Mtungambera Harawa, which Nyasa Times has seen, reveals that Kinnah’s presence at the team has heightened the players and supporters’ confidence.
“[The presence of Kinnah Phiri] will be key to the team,” the letter reads in part.
According to Nyasa Times’ findings, the team’s executive convened on December 21st and Kinnah is said to have “expressed interest to remain” at the northern region side.
“He [Kinnah] is willing to remain with us, and is actually already engaged in preps for the next season,” a member who attended the meeting but did not want to be mentioned told Nyasa Times.
According to him, among others, Kinnah is set to buy players from several teams in the country one of them being Silver Strikers.
Despite Mzuni FC being at par with Dedza Young Soccer with 29 points each, it survived relegation thanks to a seven goal difference.
The team’s promotion to the country’s top flight league was controversially attained, considering the wrangles that ensued with runner-ups Kaporo Stars in the Northern Region Simama Football League.