Be Forward Wanderers Football Club have said that they have doubts with their coach Bob Mpinganjira’s continued participation 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.
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.
“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 of Malawi (FAM) hiring of Mpinganjira in the backroom team of caretaker coach Meke Mwase.
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, on Monday said that there is an element of policy in that issue so the president of FAM Walter Nyamilandu would be the right person to comment.
The Super League kicks off this weekend while the Flames travel to Ewatini on April 20 followed by the return leg of the Chan qualifiers.
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.