Matlama rope in Malawian coach

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Moorosi Tsiane

MATLAMA have secured the services of Malawian coach Charles Manda (47) to replace Thabile Secker who left for Lioli early this month.

Manda has signed a one-year deal from eSwatini’s Mbabane Citizen, where he was the technical director after he was sacked at Manzini Sundowns following a string of poor results.

The Malawian joined Sundowns in October last year but was fired in January this year after winning only three and losing four matches.

Tse Putsoa will be Manda’s fourth team in 18 months after he was appointed Nchalo United (Malawi) coach in January 2018 before moving to eSwatini.

Matlama spokesperson Tankiso Moletsane confirmed the developments yesterday saying Manda has already been introduced to the players.

“We have signed Malawian Charles Manda who arrived on Monday and was introduced to the team the next day,” Moletsane said.

Moletsane said they hope Manda will give them the required results given the fact that he has coached in different countries in Southern Africa.

“He holds vast experience both as a coach and a player since he represented Malawi in the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

“He has worked in different countries in southern Africa and I don’t think he will struggle. We believe he will do the job but we all know that anything can happen with football,” he said.

Moletsane said as much as they want results, they will also give Manda time to settle and familiarise with the country.

“We have had foreign coaches before at other teams and James Madidilane (Bantu) is one example of a success story. Likewise, we hope and believe that Manda will succeed because the target is to defend the league title and do well in the CAF Champions League.

“We know it is not going to be easy, so we will be patient with him. He will be surrounded by people who have been in the club and know our culture, he will also have Mosito Matela as the technical director,” Moletsane said.

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