Nomads giving up on coach Manda, eyes Gerald Phiri

Mighty Wanderers have conceded that it will take something to win the battle to get Football Association of Malawi (FAM) technical officer  Charles Manda on board as full time coach.

Wanderers General Secretary Mike Butao has confessed that the team was losing hope on the possibility of securing Manda as coach.

He said instead they were planning to recruit former MDC United and Bullets FC coach Gerrard Phiri Snr, who is assistant coach for Malawi Under-20 national football team to legendary Ernest Mtawali.

Gerald Phiri:  Nomads want him as coach
Gerald Phiri: Nomads want him as coach

“We would have loved to get Charles Manda because our team is a youthful side and we thought he would have been the right person for the job,” Butao said.

“That’s what we indicated to FAM when we asked them to consider our proposal.”

He said Phiri would replace him although the team would have preferred to bet both on board.

FAM turned down Wanderers to get him on board because he is a employed on full time basis.

According to FAM General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda , there was no way Wanderers could get Manda on full time basis because it was in conflict with his contract.

“It’s a simple and straight-forward case because Manda is an employee of FAM and cannot conduct full time work for any club,” Nyirenda said.

“He can work on part time basis just to assist him but it’s possible for them to get him full time unless he resigns.”

A soccer analyst said the issue of Young Chimodzi working for Silver Strikers and Blue Eagles as Technical advisor should not arise in this case because he was working on part time basis.

“I know people are making a fuss about Young Chimodzi working for Silver Strikers and Blue Eagles but he was not employed full time,” Chimodzi said. “In fact he was doing his job to assist clubs as national coach.”

Wanderers hired Manda alongside, the team’s legend Kannock Munde as team manager and Thom Milanzie as assistant coach. Munde led the team its first victory thrashing Karonga United 4-1 in the absence of Manda after he had attended to personal issues.

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