DOWNS IN FOR BIG THINGS - MANDA
– New Manzini Sundowns coach Charles Manda is convinced the team is destined for great heights.
Manda has finally arrived at the ‘Kappa Kappa’ side to replace Zimbabwe-born coach Darlington Dodo who had to relinquish his position even before guiding Sundowns in an official game to attend to pressing family issues but is yet to put pen to paper.
Manda, who was recently Head Coach at Malawi TNM Super League top side Nchalo United, started drilling Sundowns last week and thanks to the 10-day FIFA break, he has more time to monitor his players.
“The composition of the team is quite okay and as a team, Sundowns is destined for big things. There has
been no specific expectations as of yet but it will be easy to tell after two or three games,” Manda said. The Malawian was preferred because of his documented work with youth players which blends well with Sundowns’ philosophy of giving the platform to its development players. Manda also coached Escom United and Be Forward Wanderers in Malawi and possesses the mandatory CAF License A required by the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) to coach in the premier league. Mduduzi ‘Nyama’ Shongwe who has been holding fort has CAF License B. The small pool or lack of it thereof of local coaches without the mandatory CAF License A required to coach in the premier league has forced Sundowns to cast the coaching net internationally. Manda is familiar with the local league after previous stints with Mbabane Highlanders, Manzini Wanderers and Malanti Chiefs.
CONVINCED: Charles Manda with Raphael Ntimane during his stint at Malanti Chiefs.