Wanderers FC set for golden jubilee celebrations

Malawi’s oldest and probably most successful football team Mighty Wanderers has clocked 50 years of establishment.

As part of marking the golden jubilee celebrations the club has organized a series of activities for the occasion.

The Nomads general secretary David Kanyenda said the blues  shall embark on a series of celebratory commemoration activities like social responsibilities, sale of T-shirts and caps that will be printed ‘50 years’ culminating in the actual Golden Jubilee celebrations date pencilled in for May 12.

The Nomads spokesperson also said the team’s jerseys for the forthcoming season will have ‘50 years’ printed in front to mark the Golden Jubilee.

“Mighty Wanderers was formed in 1962 and no existing club is older than Mighty Wanderers,” Kanyenda said.

Happy moments for Wanderers' fans

Wanderers football team supporters chairman Yona Green Malunga told Nyasa Times as supporters they have all reasons to celebrate saying, “If one looks at where we have come from there are more positive moments than negatives.”

Malunga recalled how the team has contributed to the development of football in Malawi both at grass root and national levels.

“We have lined up a number of activities including township road shows of a bulk of our trophies the team has accumulated over the years. Climax of the celebrations will be a football match involving former players like Yasin Osman, Hendrix Banda, Walter Nyamilandu,  Meke Mwase, Mpinganjira brothers among several others and later we shall have another entertaining game against Red Lions,” Malunga said.

However, on a rather sad note the outspoken Malunga minced no words in registering his displeasure over the team’s recent fall from grace that saw the once heavily financed side going through out a season without sponsorship.

According to The Nation, Nomads was the first team to export a player to a top European league when Kennedy Malunga signed for top Belgian club Cicle Brugge in the 1980s.

The paper says Wanderers football team has since its 50 year history produced big name players that include Chamangwana, Pinto, the Malunga brothers—William, the late Holman and Kennedy, their nephew Leonard, Ishmail Khamisa, Alaudin and Yasin Osman, Jimmy Mkwanda, Boniface Maganga, [late] Robert Banda, Montfort Pemba, George Manda, Barnett Gondwe, Kannock Munde, Lawrence Perreira-Phiri, Jimmy Mphamba, [late] Chiuke Mhango, Donnex Gondwe, [late] Ricky ‘Mabomba’ Phuka, [late] Fanello Munthali, [late] Alfred Manyozo Snr,  [late] Robert Khakhi Phiri, [late] Euginigho Fesani, Walter Nyamilandu, Bob and Albert Mpinganjira

Others are McDonald Yobe, Chimwemwe Gadi, Hendrix Banda, Hannock Ng’oma, Sherry Msuku, Thom Milanzi, Meke Mwase, Mike Mwesi, [late] Frank Mtawali, Ojukwu Malunga, Gift Zakazaka, Joseph Kamwendo and James Sangala.

Some of the high-profile names that managed the club include former president Bakili Muluzi, Brown Mpinganjira, [late] Dumbo Lemani, Isaac Nyakamera, John Magombo, [late] Harold Coombes, Humphrey Mvula, Friday Jumbe, Sydney Chikoti, Clement Stambuli, Tony Mita, [late] Wilfred Chiponde, Dennis Kambalame, Timothy Chirwa, Jack Kamwendo, Nyamilandu, James Chuma and Patrick Chikowi.

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