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Wanderers u-turn on coaches, split budget

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Victor Maunde

Be Forward Wanderers executive committee has made a u-turn, insisting, that the Bob Mpinganjira-led coaching panel will not be fired even if they lose the next two games.

Wanderers gave the coaches a three-game ultimatum or face the sack as a measure to halt the club’s free-fall.

The club’s general secretary Victor Maunde said unless Wanderers’ financial problems were sorted out, it would be difficult to get better results and firing coaches would not solve anything.

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“We understand our supporters’ cry. The team is failing to perform and we know the reasons behind that. We should first sort out our finances then assess the coaches. We are pushing hard to make sure that things are sorted out at Wanderers,” he said.

A fortnight ago, Wanderers supporters fumed at the teams’ executive committee to give their coaches a three-game ultimatum following two successive home defeats to Karonga United 2-0 and Mafco 1-0.

On Sunday, Nomads drew 0-0 with Mighty Tigers.

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Since the start of the season, Wanderers have failed to win and score at home as they collected two points from four matches.

Nomads have won once this season and they are on position 12 with seven points from as many matches.

Meanwhile, in a bid to fulfill fixtures, Wanderers have revised and split their budget according to their needs to allow well-wishers to contribute accordingly.

The development comes barely a week after Wanderers Chairperson Simon Sikwese asked Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to allow them to concentrate on home matches due to financial constraints.

Maunde said it would be difficult to draw the whole budget at once with the current economic situation at the club.

“It will be hard for us to say we want K150 million. We have resolved to breakdown the budget into parts according to needs at particular time. We are calling well-wishers to assist us various aspects such as salaries, players allowances, fuel, accommodation and daily up-keep,” he said.

Before the postponement of weekend games, Wanderers were looking for K2 million to travel to Lilongwe.

Wanderers parted ways with their sponsor Japanese second -hand car dealers, Be Forward Limited, on December 31 last year.

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