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Mpinganjira quits as Wanderers president

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By Mphatso Malidadi

Mighty Wanderers have been thrown into fresh turmoil following the resignation of the club’s president Thom Mpinganjira.

The development will likely affect Wanderers’ commercialisation drive as Mpinganjira was the champion of the exercise aimed at turning the team into a limited company.

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Wanderers Secretary to the Board of Directors Humphreys Mvula confirmed the development, saying Mpinganjira made the decision basing on two factors including infighting among officials and poor performance of the team.

“I am yet to receive an official letter but I have been told that there are two reasons for this. Firstly, poor performance of the team. It seems he is disappointed that the team hasn’t been performing well continuously. Secondly, and a major factor, is bickering in the board. After we lost some games recently, there were some letters targeting specific officials,” he said.

Mvula said the team’s board of directors would make a decision on how to move forward.

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“I can’t say what the directors will say. It’s either to humble themselves to meet Dr Mpinganjira to confess that they haven’t been doing well or they decide to have a new leadership I cannot think for them. As for whoever will stay on, we don’t know as yet because it has just happened,” he said.

Mvula, who is believed to have been the major link with Mpinganjira, was one of the officials who was being targeted through anonymous letters.

Wanderers Chief Executive Officer Chancy Gondwe refused to shed more light on the matter.

“I am not in a better position to know the grounds for the resignation. I understand the Board Secretary is in a better position to address this topic,” he said.

Wanderers Captain Alfred Manyozo Jnr also refused to comment.

Mpinganjira’s resignation comes after Wanderers exited the Airtel Top 8 Cup after suffering at 4-1 comprehensive defeat to rivals Nyasa Big Bullets on Saturday.

Wanderers, who also lost to Blue Eagles 3-1 on the final day of the Super League season, have not won a trophy since they last won the league title in 2017.

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