COACH Manfred Chabinga says ‘Mighty’ Mufulira Wanderers will challenge for the Super Division title next season.
Wanderers have impressed this season following their return to the big league last year.
The nine-time champions last won the title in 1996 under the tutelage of late Ashios Melu.
Chabinga said in Mufulira yesterday that the team has done well with average players.
Wanderers are fifth on the log with 42 points, 21 behind leaders Zesco United.
“I must congratulate the boys. They have done well this season despite the challenges we may have faced here and there. We will go for it [Super Division title] next season.
“All what we need to do is to bring in experienced players to beef up the team because the team we have is the same one that won promotion last year. We need to strengthen the team with new players to challenge for the title,” Chabinga said.
The former Konkola Blades, Nchanga Rangers and Zambia defender said the technical bench is happy with the performance of the team.
Wanderers were in the top six at the end of the first round of the season and qualified for the Barclays Cup but lost 4-3 on penalties to Nkwazi in the quarter-finals.
And National Assembly secretary Moffat Phiri says the team’s demotion to the lower ranks is painful, ALEX NJOVU reports.
The ‘Parliamentarians’ were relegated to Division One last Wednesday after losing 1-0 to Forest Rangers in a Week 27 match at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
Phiri said in Lusaka on Sunday that Assembly’s demotion is due to a string of losses suffered during the first round of the season.
“Our demotion is painful, we are disappointed. We will come back. We belong to the elite league. We did not start well. We only started playing well during the second round of the season,” he said.
Phiri is confident the ‘Parliamentarians’ will bounce back to the elite league.
“Even if we have gone down, we had some good memories. We beat big teams like Zanaco and we went to Choma and collected three points and few teams win in Choma,” he said.
Phiri said the future of coach Osward Mutapa will be decided at the end of the season.
“Our agreement with the coach [Mutapa] was up to the end of the season. But we want to keep him, everyone wants to keep a good coach. He is a very good coach. We are going to sit down with him. If he agrees, we will keep him,” he said.
Mutapa took over the mantle from Francis Majaka, who replaced George Kapembwa three months ago.
Tailenders Assembly have 18 points.