Mighty Mukuru Wanderers Coach Mark Harrison has said it will take about two years for the club to catch up with archrivals Nyasa Big Bullets in terms of results and administration.
Harrison made the remarks as his team continues with preparations for the Airtel Top 8 Cup semifinal match against Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Sunday.
The cup is Wanderers’ last hope for silverware this season, with Bullets having lifted the TNM Super League title and FDH Bank Cup.
The well-travelled coach said he remains hopeful that Wanderers would be at the level of Bullets in the next two years under president Thom Mpinganjira’s stewardship.
“I believe the president’s vision for the club will take us to the level of Bullets in the next two years. The president is a true football fanatic and the team’s number one supporter. Within the short time I have been at this club, there have been some steps in the right direction. As a club that is ambitious, we need to see more positives in everything.
“We should also aim at building a team that is strong enough to compete at international level in the next two seasons. Bullets are about five years into Commercialisation and they are reaping the fruits. But we just migrated from being a community team to a Commercial side and we need time to get things right,” he said.
Wanderers spokesperson Clement Stambuli, who is also Commercialisation Chairperson, said all they want is to build a team capable of excelling in continental club competitions.
“Our president is highly committed to developing the team further. The coming in of highly experienced coach Harrison is just one of the initiatives that are in place as we make efforts to take the club to new heights.
“We are, therefore, committed to giving him the much-needed support through our president, who has always wanted to take the team to another level. We are not leaving any stone unturned,” Stambuli said.
Harrison has not taken time to start delivering, with qualification to the last four of the Airtel Top 8 following home-and-away wins against Mafco.
The Nomads won each of the two encounters 2-0 to sail through with a 4-0 aggregate score.
In the Super League, Harrison led Wanderers to 1-0 wins over Red Lions and Sable Farming.
The 61-year-old arrived in the country in October this year, replacing Eddington Ng’onamo as technical director.
He later took over the coaching reigns from Alex Ngwira, who was redeployed to a new post of player scout manager.
Harrison is the second Briton to take charge at Wanderers after Eddie May in 2003.
He is no stranger to African football having been in charge of various teams in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
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