Following their fourth consecutive defeat on Sunday, fallen giants Mighty Wanderers executive committee has agreed to fire the Franco Ndawa-led coaching panel.
The Nomads were set to have a crisis meeting at their clubhouse as we went to press, where the decision was expected to be endorsed.
Meanwhile, well-placed source disclosed that the Lali Lubani Road outfit has approached Azam Tigers mentor Leo Mpulula on the prospects of offering him the coaching job. The source said they are also eyeing Yasin Osman to replace Ndawa and Kanock Munde as team manager.
The source also revealed that the Nomads are planning to engage their youth team coach Albert â€˜Kikaâ€™ Mpinganjira and Sherry Msuku to take over the team as they await engaging Mpulula.
Wanderers general secretary David Kanyenda, who also heads the clubâ€™s technical committee, confirmed Mondayâ€™s crisis meeting, but was quick to point out that he was not aware of the decision to fire the coaching panel.
“We expect the coaching panel to explain the teamâ€™s sudden loss of form.
“Rest assured that the executive committee will take appropriate remedial measures to arrest the decline. Zikachitika mumvela kwa ife (when that happens, you will hear it from us),” said Kanyenda.
But Mpulula confirmed being approached by the Nomads, but refused to shed more light on the issue.
“I cannot say much at this point as I am still contracted to Tigers,” said Mpulula.
Ndawa was subjected to a torrid time by a section of the fans, who again turned on him as the reality and pain of a string of losses became inevitable, especially after Sundayâ€™s 3-2 loss to Blantyre United in a TNM Super League match.
A section of the fans marched to the teamâ€™s clubhouse, a stone throw away from Kamuzu Stadium, while chanting: “Kochi achoke (the coach must go)!”
It was the fourth successive loss for the Nomads after their Super League defeats to Civo United (3-2) and Kamuzu Barracks (1-0) in Lilongwe which were followed by their 1-0 loss to their bitter rivals Big Bullets in the Carlsberg Charity Shield match.
However, Ndawa on Monday reiterated that he was not moved by the prospect of getting the boot.
“What I can tell you is that I am not a failure and I have never been one. There are some internal problems that are contributing to the teamâ€™s poor run and I will speak out at an appropriate time,” said Ndawa.