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By Peter Kanjere:

Be Forward Wanderers have said they have reservations with their coach Bob Mpinganjira’s continued involvement in the national football team’s engagements.

Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, said Mpinganjira’s absence might undermine the Nomads performance in the new season.

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The season kicked off last week with the Ecobank Charity Shield which Nyasa Big Bullets won after beating Wanderers 1-0, a result which Butao attributed to Mpinganjira’s limited involvement in training.

“We are happy that our coach is getting recognition in the national team but our priority is the club. He is not just a coach but a head coach. Last time, he was with the national team and our performance in the bonanza was affected. So, can they not find a way of, maybe, employing these coaches full-time so that we can get replacements. Our team’s assistant coach Allan Kamanga does not have a Caf B licence and the absence of the coach comes at a cost to the club,” Butao said.

Wanderers’ concern follows Football Association (Fam) hiring of Mpinganjira in the backroom team of caretaker coach Meke Mwase.

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Butao said they anticipate a clash between the Flames and the Nomads engagements.

Fam Vice President James Mwenda, who heads the youth and technical sub-committee, reserved his comment on Wanderers’ concern.

“There is an element of policy in that issue so the president [Walter Nyamilandu] would be the right person to comment,” Mwenda said on Monday.

The Super League kicks off this weekend while the Flames travel to eSwatini on April 20 followed by the return leg of the Chan qualifiers four days later in Blantyre.

The unavailability of Mwase also displeases his club TN Stars. The same is the case with Silver Strikers mentor Lovemore Fazili who is also part of the Flames panel.

Club versus country clashes are common in football but most countries opt for full-time national team coaches to avoid this.

For example, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Namibia have full -time coaches namely Stuart Baxter, Sunday Chidzambwa, Abel Xavier, Emmanuel Amunike and Ricardo Nanette, respectively.

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