Some Mighty Wanderers supporters have pressed for the firing of Coach Bob Mpinganjira following the team’s shaky start to the Airtel Top 8 Cup campaign.
Bitter fans chanted songs against Mpinganjira after Wanderers lost 1-0 to Moyale Barracks during the first leg of the quarterfinals of at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday.
It was a dramatic afternoon as Wanderers supporters also invited Moyale players to celebrate closer to their stand, in what could be an act of frustration.
A group of supporters descended to the dressing room’s main gate, chanting anti-Bob songs and were in no mood to leave as they waited for the team bus, which was delayed for safety reasons.
“We are sick and tired of Mpinganjira’s poor tactics and we want him and his brother out immediately. We are a team full of good players, better than most teams in the country, how come we keep on losing?” One of the supporters, William Kakhome from Chemusa Township in Blantyre, asked.
Wanderers board secretary Humphreys Mvula, while sympathising with the supporters, said the matter will be discussed at board level any time soon.
“It could be true that some of the tactical changes made by our coaches during the game were naïve. I feel for the team just as these supporters. We cannot take everything that the fans are saying…we will call the coaches to a roundtable meeting, as we have always done before, to hear them out,” Mvula said.
Meanwhile, Wanderers Supporters General Secretary Samuel Mponda said they were equally disappointed, stressing that the issue needs to be sorted urgently.
Lloyd Njaliwa’s 52nd minute goal was enough to sink Wanderers, who were second best in all the departments during the game.
Moyale will host Wanderers in a return leg on November 20.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.