Blue Eagles Captain Micium Mhone has described the departure of the club’s Chairperson, Alexander Ngwala, and Coach DeKlerk Msakakuona as a big blow to the team.
Ngwala has been transferred from Malawi Police Service headquarters in Lilongwe to South Lunzu Police Station in Blantyre whereas Msakakuona is on the verge of taking over the coaching job at Malawi under-17 national football team.
Mhone said Ngwala and Msakakuona played a crucial role in inspiring the team to win the 2019 Fisd Challenge Cup.
“We will miss our chairman. He had a great working relationship with all players and did everything possible to motivate us. That is why we fought hard to win three trophies under his chairmanship which started in 2017,” he said.
Mhone said Ngwala has left a lasting legacy at the Area 30 side because of his dedication and commitment to the game.
“It was sad that he bade farewell to all of us on Wednesday. A farewell party was organised for him and it was an emotional moment for all of us. It took us time to accept the reality of life without him.
“During his tenure as chairperson, Ngwala did his best to give us whatever we needed on and off the pitch. That is why we managed to win the Bingu Ikhome Bonanza, the Airtel Top 8 Cup and the Fisd Challenge Cup.
“We also finished on position three in last season’s TNM Super League because of his guidance. But the reality of life is that we have to accept things as they happen. So we can only wish him all the best as he moves to Blantyre,” Mhone said.
On Msakakuona, the Flames attacker said the coach will leave a big gap at Eagles as he was also like a parent to the players.
The former Jomo Cosmos (former South Africa Premier Soccer League side) star said he expects Msakakuona to spare time for Eagles whenever the junior Flames are not committed.
“We cannot talk about success at Blue Eagles without mentioning Msakakuona’s name. The coach has achieved a lot at the club. In the years that he has been around, Msakakuona has groomed several top players including myself. But I am sure he is still part of us and once his under-17 national team contract expires, we expect him to return,” Mhone said.
Meanwhile, Ngwala has thanked all Eagles players and officials for supporting his efforts to assemble a winning team.
“I will remember this great family wherever I go. We have worked hard over the years to become one of the best teams in the country. But I am a policeman first. Football responsibilities come second.
“I am indeed leaving Blue Eagles but I am going out a happy man after helping the club to win trophies. I will miss my fellow executive committee members who I worked hand-in-hand with in turning Blue Eagles into a club to reckon with,” Ngwala said.