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Nomads settle for Alex Ngwira, Joseph Kamwendo demoted to reserve side

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Mighty Mukuru Wanderers board of directors has appointed former Mzuzu Warriors coach Alex Ngwira as interim head coach.

The decision was agreed upon during a meeting in Blantyre Thursday.

A well-placed source confided in Times Sport Thursday that Eddington Ng’onamo is now technical director with Joseph Kamwendo being demoted to the position of assistant coach for Wanderers Reserve.

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The development means Kamwendo will be working under Bob Mpinganjira.

Ngwira is expected to be unveiled as Wanderers coach this weekend but will not take over immediately.

The new coach’s first game could be a tricky fixture against Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar in the FDH Bank Cup round-of-16 at Dedza Stadium next week.

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Wanderers Commercialisation Committee Chairperson Clement Stambuli and spokesperson Ernest Maganga confirmed that the meeting took place but refused to divulge details.

The meeting also agreed to engage an unnamed expatriate coach who is currently based in South Africa.

When contacted Thursday, Ngwira, who also had stints with Karonga United and Chitipa United, could neither deny nor confirm the development.

He only said discussions for him to join Wanderers were at an advanced stage and that he was expected to travel to Blantyre today.

“I am still in Mzuzu right now but I have indeed been approached by Wanderers but nothing concrete has been agreed upon,’’ Ngwira said.

Kamwendo said he was not aware of any changes.

Wanderers trail leaders and bitter rivals Nyasa Big Bullets by 11 points heading into the second game of the second round but have a Mathematical chance of lifting the title.

The Lali Lubani Road side faced the anger of its supporters who took players and the coaching panel to task following 1-1 and 0-0 draws with Mafco and Civil Service United, respectively.

Apparently, the fans questioned the team’s style of play.

The board also agreed to employ a chief executive officer (CEO) who will be responsible for the club’s operations.

The development means Wanderers will follow in the footsteps of Bullets and Silver Strikers.

A well-placed source at the club who attended the meeting said they would soon advertise the post.

“The process will be fast-tracked so that we have someone to run the club’s affairs as soon as possible,” said the source.

In the absence of the CEO, the board’s secretary Humphrey Mvula was mainly responsible for operations of the club.

The directors also resolved to reshuffle the football development and management committee.

In doing so, they appointed Limbani Magomero as the new chairperson for the committee, replacing Brigadier General Philip Nyamali who is reportedly outside the country.

It was also agreed that former Wanderers vice-chairperson Jack Kamwendo would retain his post with Gift Mkandawire, Susan Dossi, Adelaide Migogo, Simon Sikwese and Samuel Mponda taking up committee member positions.

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