Struggling TNM Super League outfit Blantyre United’s Mphembezu have disclosed their intent to rope in their former coach Leo Mpulula in a desperate quest to survive relegation.
Mpulula, former Azam Tigers coach, who has not been in the best of health for some time, yesterday confirmed having been approached by United.
United, who two seasons ago were good enough to finish among the top three in the flagship football league, have finished the first-round at the bottom of the table with 10 points, registering two wins out of 14 games.
“I pity, but there has been notable improvement of late.
“I still have problems with my legs, but I am slowly gaining strength and depending on my condition, I should assist them in the second-round,” he said.
Mpulula said he accepted United’s request because he has always been part of the team.
“I feel sorry because of the state they are in. As someone who played a big part in their promotion to the Super League four years ago, I felt I had that obligation to assist and that is why I accepted their request,” said Mpulula.
Mphembezu technical director Lawson Nakoma confirmed having held talks with Mpulula.
“We have reached a critical point where we can accept any assistance even from you Garry.
“Leo says he is OK. Nevertheless, we are still monitoring his (Leo) health and fitness. His services will be more on technical advice other than drilling players,” said Nakoma.
He also claimed that the development does not mean they have run out of confidence in their coach Alex Masanjala.
“Masanjala will still be there regardless of any changes, we are only trying to strengthen the technical panel.
“Having said that, my instincts tell me that we will survive no matter what,” declared Nakoma.
However, other commentators have attributed United’s slump in form to the departure of key players such as Abraham Kamwendo, Sparrow Msowoya to Mighty Wanderers, Victor Limbani and Tizgowere Kumwenda to Big Bullets.