Mighty Wanderers FC have fired veteran coach Felix Fosiko and former Flames team manager Stuart Mbolembole has taken charge of the team.
The dramatic twist of events comes barely three days before the Nomads engage their archrivals Big Bullets in a TNM Super League game and just after one game played in the current season.
Both Wanderers general secretary David Kanyenda and Mbolembole confirmed the development in separate interviews on Tuesday.
“We want an energetic manager who can drive the team forward and also someone who is familiar with modern football tactics and we believe that in Mbolembole, we have found one.
“We are not impressed by the standard of play because we do not only want to win, but to win while playing beautiful and sexy football,” he said.
Kanyenda also said Mbolembole’s appointment is with immediate effect and he was expected to be introduced to the players and the rest of the technical staff yesterday afternoon.
Fosiko could not be reached for a comment, but Mbolembole who has had stints at Lali Lubani Road before both as a player and coach, described it as a reunion with the family.
“Of course, it is a big challenge because Wanderers is an institution with a huge following across the country and I am aware of the awful lot of expectations from its followers.
“All I can say is that with the support from all the stakeholders, I am optimistic that I will take the team to another level,” said Mbolembole.
Fosiko inspired the Nomads to win the Standard Bank Cup last season and a fourth position finish in the TNM Super League.
His last game in charge was last weekend’s 2-1 league victory over Epac.
Mbolembole was part of the Flames technical panel headed by Kinnah Phiri that was fired by FAM recently.