Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) bankrolled Strikers have abolished their executive committee (ex-co) as part of the club’s commercialisation drive.
The Central Bankers are also tipped to name a Zambian tactician identified as Dan Kabwe for the position of head coach with McDonald ‘Anginde’ Mtetemera and MacDonald Yobe as his assistants.
Confirming the abolition of the Peter Chando led ex-co yesterday, the Central Bankers’ newly-appointed board of trustees chairperson Victor Madhlopa said they have hired a full-time management team to be headed by a chief executive officer that will run the club as a company on full-time basis.
“Executive committee members were working on voluntary basis and were not available fully and while they did wonderful work, the club will now require 100 percent commitment to move forward.
“The management team has already been identified and we are just finalising the process,” he said.
Reacting to the development, Chando said the move was expected.
“With the commercialisation drive, the responsibility of the ex-co would be redundant,” he said.
Football analyst George Kaudza Masina and Football Association of Malawi licensing and compliance manager Casper Jangale commended Silver’s move, describing it as a step in the right direction.
Said Kaudza Masina: “Abolishing the ex-co and hiring a CEO is the way to go as it is in line with club licensing and commercialisation drive. With a full-time secretariat in place, it will ensure professional management of the club with the players’ welfare as a priority and also ensuring the visibility of the club’s brand.
“Among others, they will be able to reach out to prospective co-sponsors and widen the sponsorship base, thereby post profits unlike being run by an ex-co whose members were doing it on voluntary basis.”
And commenting on reports linking the club with the Zambian coach, Mtetemera and Yobe, Madhlopa said: “Yes it is correct that those are some of the names of the prominent coaches we interviewed and under serious consideration.
“[But] we have others besides these that we are considering as well. Subject to agreement on personal terms, we should confidently confirm which [technical] team will lead the Central Bankers’ in the forthcoming season.”
Kabwe, a former Lusaka Dynamos and Power Dynamos coach, who is also president of the Zambia Football Coaches Association, was not available for comment yesterday.
He also served as Zambia national football team assistant coach.
Silver will follow in the footsteps of Nyasa Big Bullets which abandoned the ex-co and hired a CEO and chief administration officer.
Silver, who are the reigning Airtel Top 8 champions, finished fourth in the 2019 TNM Super League after tying on 53 points with third-placed Blue Eagles, who had superior goal difference. Nyasa Big Bullets defended the title with 70 points while Be Forward Wanderers finished second with 69 points. n