Battered, bruised and barely recognisable as one of the countryâ€™s football powerhouses, Mighty Wanderers have lost four consecutive games that led to the club agreeing to a mutual termination of the contract with coach Franco Ndawa. Senior News Analyst Garry Chirwa (GC) caught up with the clubâ€™s chairperson George Chamangwana (GC) to find out what has gone wrong at the Lali Lubani Road.
GC: I hear the poor run is a result of failure to settle singâ€™angas dues?
GC: [Laughs] No! no! no! We do not use juju, we believe in team spirit and tactics. That has always been the belief at Wanderers. It could be that we lost the plot on a technicality, but we will turn the corner. We are giving it our best shot to try and address the situation.
GC: Four losses on the trot, it should be a painful experience?
GC: It has indeed been a hectic experience because I do not remember the last time we lost four games in a row, but, as I said, behind the scenes we are trying our best to address the situation. The first step was to review the set-up of the technical panel.
GC: Just last season Ndawa won you the Presidential Cup and finished third in the TNM Super League. Has he suddenly turned into a bad coach?
GC: [Takes a long breath] Football is dynamic. The mutual agreement to part ways with the coach was based on the current results. For you information, we put the coaching panel on guard by setting an ultimatum for the team to start producing results. Unfortunately, things did not change and we had to come up with tough decisions.
GC: Are you sure the problem was the coach?
GC: The team was not performing and we had to review the situation and make some tough decisions.
GC: Why then was Felix Fosiko spared when he was Ndawaâ€™s assistant?
GC: Chelsea got rid of Andre Villas-Boas (AVB) while Robert di Matteo was spared. The head coach is responsible for results. Fosiko was spared for the sake of continuity.
GC: Mpulula was offered the coaching job, Fosiko to act as assistant coach, but now we hear you have engaged Yasin Osman. Which is which?
GC: What I know is that Fosiko is in charge for now and if at all there will be any changes, you will hear that from us.
GC: Are you going to step down as an executive should you lose the next game?
GC: Why are you wishing us bad luck? We are not going to lose. The Nomads will be back in town. Nyerere zituluka ku una, that is for sure!