The uncertainty that surrounded Gerald Phiri’s return to Mighty Wanderers FC was cleared on Tuesday when he was unveiled as head coach to the players and the rest of the technical panel.
Donning a green Flames replica jersey, Phiri arrived at Nomads’ training venue, BAT Ground, at around 11.45am where he was introduced to the players and the technical panel by vice-treasurer Chiyembekezo Zidana.
Ironically, it was Phiri who welcomed Zidana at the disbanded MDC United 14 years ago after the latter switched to the Soccer Saints from Silver Strikers.
Nomads general secretary Mike Butao confirmed that Phiri’s issue was a done deal.
“He has been offered a two-year deal, which he has accepted, but he will not go flat out immediately as he is also assistant coach for the Under-20 national team which is preparing for the Africa Youth Championship second-round return leg against DRC,” said Butao.
Phiri was named Nomads coach soon after Stuart Mbolembole threw in the towel last month. Since then, Phiri had been elusive on his appointment, saying the Nomads had not officially approached him.
But last week he confirmed being approached by the Nomads. He said he was ready to take up the offer provided they agree on the terms.
Before his latest move, Phiri was technical director for Chikhwawa United.