2024-06-13

Alex Ngwira brings winning formula to Mighty Wanderers

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By Antony Isaiah Jr

Mighty Mukuru Wanderers fans might be scuffing their heads as to why didn’t the board go for Alex Ngwira, the master plan at first before the league started.

There were several coaches linked to Mighty Wanderers earlier this season, both Locally and internationally. Alex Ngwira was one of the Local Coaches that were mentioned at the Lali Luban road but the Humphreys Mvula’s led board couldn’t get it materialised.

They downgraded Bob Mpinganjra to the Reserve team and Eddington Ng’onamo was named the acting Head Coach and Technical director assisted by Joseph Kamwendo and Albert Mpinganjira in that order.

The team started the League with a doom to their cross-town rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets and the performance has been questionable for a team with one of the best squads in the league.

Nomads had mixed results in the first round of the tnm Super League and they also found it hard to beat Kamuzu Barracks Reserve in the round of 32 of the FDH Bank Cup. Wanderers won the game on penalties after a 2-all draw at Kamuzu Stadium.

But with the coming of Alex Ngwira, things changed.

Mighty Mukuru Wanderers board resolved to appoint the former Mzuzu Warriors mentor and demoting Joseph Kamwendo to the Reserve side who later turned down the offer.

The past technical panel was mostly using experienced players like Chiukepo Msowoya, Muhammad Sulumba just to mention afew.

Ngwira has changed things as he is now dwelling on the mixture of young players and experienced ones to come up with a strong team.

Players like Yamikani Chester, Vitumbiko Kumwenda, Francis Mkonda , Felix Zulu, Stanley Sanudi, Miracle Gabeya have rediscovered their forms.

Sports analyst, Twaha Chimuka said on times radio that Mighty Wanderers have quality players bit they were lacking expertisee and someone to infuse the winning mentality.

Alex Ngwira started his job against Dedza Dynamos Football Club in the FDH Bank Cup Round of 16 were his presence started to be felt at the Club.

Mighty Wanderers had a scintillating performance and they jabbed Dedza by three goals to nill before another masterclass performance against Nyasa Big Bullets in the tnm Super League.

Wanderers managed to hold the highly flying Bullets to a 3-all draw and the most incredible thing is to come from 3-1 down and managing to salvage a point.

Ngwira dwelled on the same players that were in the line up that finished the Blantyre Derby with only Muhammad Sulumba out of the game.

Unlike the past panel that was using three natural Strikers in one game that was making the team very weak defensively and the transition was the problem, Ngwira had to park his midfield to prevent KB from enjoying the proceedings.

With ball players like Kumwenda, Chester, Botomani creativity is something that Nomads fans cannot complain of right now. Nomads comfortably pelted KB by four goals to one.

On what he ha brought into the team, Ngwira said he has told his players to play their usual game.

“They (Mighty Wanderers) started wayback searching for my signature. I have been watching their games before and I could see that there was potential in the team. We tell our boys to concentrate much on goals and you can see that we are not having difficulties in scoring. There is team work.

“There’s no special charm that I brought at Mighty Mukuru Wanderers rather it’s just a matter of knowing what you have. We have some young talented players that are there who were lacking game time so I had to give them an opportunity for them to shine. You can now agree with me that I have found the winning formula,” said Ngwira.

Since his coming, Mighty Wanderers have managed to score 10 goals and conceding 3 in three games.

He has to sharpen his tools if he is to bring back the glory at the Club since they are yearning for trophies after a four-year drought.

Nomads occupy fourth place in the League and they are 16 points behind leaders, Nyasa Bug Nyasa Big Bullets.

They will face Nyasa Big Bullets in the semifinals of the FDH Bank Cup.

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