Mighty Wanderers FC say their performance against arch-rivals Nyasa Big Bullets exposed their coaches’ glaring shortcomings.
The Nomads were sent packing from the Airtel Top 8 on Saturday after suffering a 4-1 humiliation in the semi-finals in the latest episode of the Blantyre derby at Kamuzu Stadium with Nigerian gangly forward Babatunde Adepoju netting all the four goals for the People’s Team.
In an interview yesterday, Wanderers board secretary Humphrey Mvula said the club’s performance left a lot to be desired and the coaches must be ashamed of themselves.
He said: “This was the worst-ever performance by Wanderers. It was shameful to the board, supporters and players themselves.
“We were technically defeated, fielding was shambolic and we were not ready for the match.
“I do not think the coaches knew what they were doing. I mean, you play a 4-5-1 formation, what are you trying to achieve?”
Mvula said the board will be meeting soon to decide the way forward in terms of what to do to redeem the lost glory.
He said: “A meeting had already been planned to discuss major items and it is not just about losing to Bullets.”
The former Nomads chairperson also said the club’s president Thom Mpinganjira, who also chairs the board, is “greatly disappointed”.
Said Mvula: “For all what he is doing by pumping in his personal resources in excess of millions, it is being ungrateful that this is what he is getting in return.
“You don’t see players and coaches that are saying thank you sir. He loves the team and has not hidden the fact that he is concerned with its performance.
“The board of directors cannot go on the street to express their high level of disappointment, but they are all very concerned.”
Mpinganjira has already pumped in about K180 million into the club this season.
Nomads head coach Bob Mpinganjira was not available for comment yesterday, but team captain Alfred Manyozo described the loss as embarrassing.
He said: “I really don’t even know where to start from, suffice to say we have embarrassed the Nomads family big time today.
“We were a big shame and no amount of explanation will make up for the embarrassment.
“We could have done much better than we did and the events on Saturday should give us food for thought.”
The last time the Nomads won silverware was in 2018 when they clinched the Challenge Cup.