By Antony Isaiah Jr:…
……Promises to change things at the team
New Mighty Mukuru Wanderers Technical Director, Mark Simon Harrison has jetted in Malawi through the Chileka Airport in Blantyre on Tuesday afternoon.
The former Everton goalkeeper will replace Eddington Ng’onamo and he has signed a two-year contract with the Lali Luban based team.
The former Gor Mahia mentor has promised to change everything at the Club within his two years and said among others, he is looking to fight for trophies next season.
Harrison who in his entire managerial career has one League title that he won with Township Rollers of Botswana said after his two-year contract, the Club will be looking in a good shape.
Mighty Wanderers last won the League Championship in 2017 and their last addition of trophy to their lockers was in 2018 when they beat Silver Strikers in the finals of the Fisd Challenge Cup.
Wanderers have been missing the glorious moment since the departure of Yasin “Teacher” Osman as the Coach and they have been under the beds of their cross-town rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets who have been dominating the domestic football within that time-frame.
“Am looking forward to change things and maybe looking for Championship and other trophies next year,” said Harrison. “I know Wanderers are the oldest Club in the country, just unlucky that they have missed the success recently. Winning trophies is the only thing we gonna do. But for me as a Technical Director, I will be looking not only at the main team, but the Reserve and U-20 teams too,” added Harrison.
The English man said he is ready to help and support the coaches and will have time to assess the squad of the three teams, Main team, Reserve and U-20.
“But its a process, it’s not gonna happen in a one night but hopefully, next season we will start be looking as a different team. It’s a project, it’s not an over night situation.
“Obviously, I need to look at the squad in all the three teams and I have got time to assess everything. Help and support the Coaches in trying to improve the situation.
“I have signed a two-year contract and within that two years we should make a very big difference to the football club,” quoted Harrison.
However, the former Harare City has appealed for patient from the Nomads’ fans saying that changing the face of the Club takes time but is hopeful that things will start going in the right direction.
On his philosophy, he said his players to enjoy and express themselves in the field of play.
He said, “I like my team and my players to go and enjoy and express themselves, I don’t like them playing with fear, you know they need to go and play without fear that for sure. Playing from three zones, from the goalkeeper all the way through the field entertaining and as I said expressing going close down the Opposition quickly, quick transition, you know exciting football and attacking football. If I can bring a little bit of European mode to the African players, they have a good balance.”
Mighty Wanderers Secretary to the board Chancy Gondwe said the Club is not looking for an immediate results and urged the supporters to have patience on the newly appointed Technical Director.
“We are very happy that the Technical director that we were waiting for is now here in Malawi. On behalf of Wanderers family, we have welcomed him [Harrison], and we are happy that he is now here in Malawi.
“Probably it [two years] will be enough for him but we don’t expect results over-night and I think we need to give him a bit of time, to know the team, the players, the culture, the philosophy of Mighty Wanderers. So that will take a bit of time but it’s a learning process. We have five or six games to go before we wind up the season and he will advantage of these games to familiarise himself with the team,” said Gondwe.
The Secretary said as a Company, Mighty Wanderers will be behind the Technical director and they are committed to support him with recruitment.
Gondwe added that they are ready to support him with any kind of players that he wants to bring at the Club whether local or outside the country.
“He will have a plan-check, whichever player he want, whether outside the country, whichever player that he thinks that will add value to the team. We are at his disposal as a company we will support him as long as he brings to Wanderers result we are expecting,” said Gondwe.