Former Flames coach Kinnah Phiri at the weekend inspired his new club Mbeya City Council FC to an emphatic 5-1 win over Toto Africa in a Tanzania Vodafone National League match.
It was Kinnah’s first match in charge of the team
The win has pushed Mbeya City Council FC from position nine to eight.
Speaking in a telephone interview the club’s general secretary Emmanuel Kimbe had nothing but praise for Kinnah.
“As I am speaking now, the whole nation is surprised. Kinnah has shown that he is indeed a good coach. Winning 5-1 in the first game is not a joke,” he said.
Kimbe said one of the tasks that Phiri has is to ensure the team survives relegation.
“His target is to ensure the team stays in the national league. With the good start he has registered we are 100 percent sure that he will achieve that,” he said.
Kinnah helped Mzuzu University ( Mzuni ) FC escape relegation in the 2015 TNM Super League during his stint as technical director.
However, the former Flames coach could not be reached for comment.
But Mzuni FC chairperson Albert Mtungambera Harawa said he was not surprised with Kinnah’s impressive start.
Soccer analyst Charles Nyirenda said Kinnah deserves such wins because he boasts wide knowledge and experience.
“This is the man who rescued South African PSL side Free State Stars a couple of years back and then just last season he also helped Mzuni. Now he is about to rescue Mbeya. I am not surprised with such wins. He has what it takes,” he said.
Kinnah signed a three-year deal with the Tanzanian club over a week ago. n