By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Be Forward Wanderers have reportedly abandoned their plans of restructuring the technical panel ahead of the new season.
The development means that Bob Mpinganjira remains the Nomads Coach with Yasin Osman as Technical Director.
Wanderers have made the U-turn amid reports that they were interested in hiring Zimbabwean mentor Rahman Gumbo.
The Zimbabwean earned Wanderers the 2006 Super League title and over the weekend, he was part of the coaching panel that steered the Warriors to the Africa Cup of Nations finals after beating Congo Brazaville 2-0 in Harare.
Gumbo is Zimbabwe mentor Sunday Chidzambwa’s deputy and will be in Egypt for the Afcon finals in June 2019.
Wanderers’ Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, told Radio 2 FM breakfast sports programme Wednesday that after consultations, they resolved to maintain the technical panel.
Mkandawire was, when contacted, not available for more explanation on the issue but he told the radio station that they backtracked because their proposal caused confusion in the team.
Osman Wednesday said he was reluctant to comment on management’s change of heart.
“I was never told about this, so I do not want to comment on it. We are preparing for the Ecobank Charity Shield and all players are back to training,” Osman said.
Mpinganjira said he was not interested in commenting on hearsay, saying management did not inform him about any possible change to the panel.
“I was away with the under-23 national football team so, let me not comment on issues which I do not know,” said the coach won Wanderers the Fisd Challenge Cup last season.
Wanderers face Masters Security FC on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre before Nyasa Big Bullets and Blue Eagles face-off at the same venue in the Charity Shield.
The Nomads have signed striker Babatunde Adepoju and midfielder Francis Mkonda from Masters Security, forward Peter Kasonga from Mighty Tigers to replace players such as Joseph Kamwendo, Yamikani Chester, Precious Sambani, Ernest Tambe and Khumbo Ng’ambi.
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