Mighty Mukuru Wanderers new coach Alex Ngwira has said transforming the team is his major task as he looks forward to taking charge of his first match on Sunday.
Ngwira has replaced Eddington Ng’onamo who is now Wanderers’ technical director.
The former Chitipa United mentor was unveiled on Monday during the Nomads’ morning training session at Limbe Country Club in Blantyre.
The Lali Lubani Road side is preparing for an FDH Bank Cup round-of-16 match against giant killers Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar at Dedza Stadium.
Speaking after taking the team through the paces on Tuesday morning, Ngwira said his major task was to transform Wanderers into a team that lifts silverware every season.
“I am happy to be part of the Wanderers family and I am ready to work here. I can’t talk much about my agreement with my new bosses but what I can tell you is that the team needs to win matches. I have been employed on an interim basis and we will see what happens at the end of the season,” Ngwira said.
He said facing a team that plays good football will be challenging but expressed hoped that his charges would carry the day.
“This is a crucial match. We are taking on a team that is doing well but we are not pressing the panic button because we have some of the best players in the country.
“We are well prepared for this match because we want the cup more. It will be an interesting game though as Dedza are playing good football,” he said.
Wanderers’ board secretary Humphrey Mvula said Ngwira’s arrival at the club was a clear indication of their seriousness in strengthening the technical staff following the team’s poor performance in the TNM Super League first round.
“Our new coach met the players on Monday and everything is in place. He is a well experienced coach and we have confidence that he would deliver. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the team on the pitch. We would like to have strong youth development structures for the team’s future.
“We believe this is the way to go if our plans are to materialise. This is a move that can help us to stop buying players from other teams. We should believe in promoting players from our own youth teams,” Mvula said.
Wanderers struggled to beat Central Region Football Association Premier Division side Kamuzu Barracks Reserve 5-4 on post-match penalties in the round-of-32.
The Nomads gave away a 2-0 lead to allow the young soldiers to pull level and take the match into the penalties.