Dawn of a new era. Mighty Wanderers new board of directors has dissolved the club’s executive committee (ex-co) and appointed an interim management team to oversee the club’s operations.
The decision was made during the board’s first meeting held at Protea Ryalls in Blantyre on Friday which was chaired by the club’s new president Thom Mpinganjira.
A statement issued by the club’s board yesterday, signed by its president, reads in part: “The board unanimously supported the motion of installing Dr. Thomson Frank Mpinganjira as the first president of the Mighty Wanderers Football Club 2021 Limited and chair of the board.
“The board chair will be responsible for providing direction to this new company, including making some pronouncements on key policy issues. The board further appointed Mr. Humphrey C. Mvula as secretary to the board and, as directed, speak for the board on general routine issues.”
For rgw first time in the club’s 59-year history, it will not to be run by an executive committee.
According to a statement signed by Mpinganjira, the club’s immediate past chairperson Chancy Gondwe has been appointed legal adviser of the board and will double as acting chief executive officer (CEO).
Adelaide Migogo, who was the vice-general secretary and the only female member in the dissolved ex-co, has been appointed acting finance manager while former vice-chairperson Limbani Magomero will act as administration manager.
The Nomads’ former team manger Ernest Maganga is the acting public affairs manager, Dokani Ngwira is acting commercial manager while the post of technical manager is yet to be filled.
“The management team will be reporting to the football development and management sub-committee. [It] will also be responsible for making recommendations on hiring and off-hiring of players, technical staff and football related support staff,” the statement further reads.
Reacting to the development yesterday, Migogo said: “This is the route we wanted to take, to transform the club from a community team into a commercial entity.
“There might have been challenges along the way, but it is encouraging that all of us stakeholders have agreed to embrace change for the good of our beloved team and it is everyone’s hope that we will pull in the same direction.”
Former Cabinet minister and businessperson Clement Stambuli will head the commercialisation drive sub-committee deputised by Max Kalamula. The finance, audit and administration sub-committee is chaired by Mervis Mangulenje and her deputy is Harry Msiska.
The football development and management sub-committee is headed by Brigadier General Phillip Nyamali and his deputy is Nomads’ former vice-chairperson and businessperson Jack Kamwendo. Chris Gondwe will chair the business development committee with Ulemu Chilapondwa, who is also legislator for Ntchisi South, as his deputy.
The statement further states that: “The board of directors also mandated sub-committees and the football management team to propose names of two or more non-board members who can add value to sub-committees.
“The new board is indebted to all those that have championed the cause of this commercialisation drive and all those that have continued to support the team with their financial, material and vocal support. The board would like to request well-wishers to continue helping the team as it transforms.”
Among others, the 25-member board includes Timothy Mtambo, who is also Minister of Civic Education, Susan Dossi who is also legislator for Chikwawa West, Mwaonanji Wendy Kavalo, Lumbani Zgambo-Mtonyo, Makhumbo Mapunda, Gift Mkandawire, Mervin Nkunika, Samuel Mponda and Simon Sikwese.