Mighty Wanderers FC regrouped yesterday to start preparations for the 2022 season.
The Nomads have also roped in their former midfielder Joseph Kamwendo as assistant coach, albeit in an interim capacity.
The club’s board secretary Humphrey Mvula said in an interview yesterday that assistant coach Albert Mpinganjira is in charge of the team in the absence of his brother Bob, who is the head coach.
Bob is with the Flames at the Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations as one of the assistant coaches.
Said Mvula: “For this week and the better part of next week, the focus will be physical training since the players are coming from off-season and they need to pick up on fitness.”
On Kamwendo, Mvula said it is part of grooming him as he is still learning the ropes in the field of coaching.
He said: “He has always been a Nomad and needs to be attached to the technical panel. He is wise in the ways of football, having played under high-profile coaches in Europe and within the continent.
“For now, he has been roped in temporarily until such a time that we review the coaching panel set-up.”
Kamwendo, who is also Malawi Under-20 national team assistant coach, said he is excited with his return to the Salima Sugar Company-sponsored outfit.
He said: “It feels good to be back. I am working with coach ‘Kika’ [Albert]. It feels good to be back and assist the team that gave me the platform to shape up my career.”
Kamwendo retired from active football in 2020 after a 20-year distinguished career that saw him play in Denmark (Nordsjaelland), Zimbabwe (Caps United), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), Democratic Republic of Congo (TP Mazembe) and Mozambique (LigaMaculmana).
For the second season running, the Nomads finished without a silverware. They finished last season third in the TNM Super League behind champions Nyasa Big Bullets and second-placed Silver Strikers.