Mighty Wanderers have given their embattled coach Stuart Mbolembole and his backroom staff four games to win or face the chop.
This follows a meeting the club’s executive committee held with the technical panel in Blantyre on Wednesday in an attempt to sort out growing indifference between the coaching panel and a section of the team’s supporters.
The club’s vice-chairperson, Alex Machila, was not clear on the outcome of the meeting, but the main supporters’ committee general secretary, Paul Mphepo, who attended the gathering, spilled the beans yesterday.
“We have been assured that Mbolembole will only maintain his position as our coach if we win four consecutive games,” said Mphepo.
He, however, said the ultimatum will apply to assistant coach Albert Mpinganjira and team manager Chiyembekezo Zidana.
Mphepo has since appealed to the team’s fans to keep their cool and never again to torment the coach as he tries to win the four games starting with this Saturday’s TNM Super League opener against Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium.
According to Machila, they learnt that the fans were not happy with the recent poor form of the team.
“But we realised that the poor performance of the team was sometimes as a result of meagre resources at the club. Nevertheless, we have now given the technical panel the resources they require to get the team back on track,” said Machila.
Efforts to get Mbolembole’s comment on the Wednesday meeting proved futile as he did not answer the phone till we went to press.
The distrust between Mbolembole and a section of the supporters got worse at Kamuzu Stadium on Tuesday when the supporters showered him with all sorts of insults throughout the club’s training game against U-20 national football team. Wanderers lost the game 2-0.