Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Sa­belo Gwebu

– 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.

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