Shingi Matibiri, Sports Reporter
According to reports from Malawi, Mighty Wanderers newly-appointed technical director Eddingtone Ng’onamo is doubling as a coach because negotiations with the two coaches are ongoing.
“They [Wanderers] already held talks with Gumbo, but the negotiations were put on hold as he is contracted to Botswana top league side Sua Flamingoes until next year.
“The other one is Mapeza. They have also reached out to him, but there has been nothing concrete this far,” said a source quoted by The Nation newspaper.
Gumbo who has been linked with the Botswana national team job once coached Mighty Wanderers, guiding then to the league title in 2006. The former Highlanders coach is currently contracted at Botswana Premier League side Sua Flamingoes while Mapeza is at FC Platinum.
Should either Mapeza or Gumbo get hired by Mighty Wanderers, will be the third Zimbabwean coach in the Malawian Premier League after Kalisto Pasuwa who is at arch rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and unheralded former Masvingo United coach Lazarus Magaya who is at Karonga United.
Former CAPS United midfielder Joseph Kamwendo, who is the only foreigner to win the Soccer Star Star of the Year award in Zimbabwe, is the first assistant at Mighty Wanderers.
He will be in line to work with either Mapeza or Gumbo should they get appointed.