One-time Chiefs trialist Mpond

Peter Mponda on his unveiling: Image via Facebook @ Silver Strikers FC

One-time Chiefs trialist Mponda gets new job after PSL exit

Former PSL defender Mponda has received a weighty task of turning around Malawi’s former league champions Silver Strikers.

One-time Chiefs trialist Mpond

Peter Mponda on his unveiling: Image via Facebook @ Silver Strikers FC

One-time Kaizer Chiefs trialist Peter Mponda has secured a new job back home in Malawi. The former PSL defender has landed a head coach job at Silver Strikers FC. The Lilongwe-based outfit unveiled the former Black Leopards skipper over the weekend.

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How long is Mponda’s contract at Silver Strikers?

Mponda has signed a one-year contract with Silver Strikers after parting ways with Black Leopards weeks ago.  He joined the PSL team last year as an assistant coach after leaving his childhood club, FCB Nyasa Bullets in Malawi. The former Flames captain also served as a deputy coach to Chiefs-linked gaffer Kalisto Pasuwa at Bullets. The 42-year-old, who underwent trials unsuccessfully at Chiefs in 2004, has succeeded Pieter de Jong at Silver Strikers. The Dutchman parted ways with the eight-time TNM Super League champions last month.

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Mponda’s task at Silver Strikers after PSL exit

Mponda told the Silver Strikers website that he was determined to deliver the goods at the Reserve Bank of Malawi-sponsored team. The club last won the league title in 2013. “I am glad to take up the role of the team’s head coach. I feel this is my time to register my abilities with the team. The new role comes with pressure as in any other job. To defeat the pressure, we have to work hard. I believe we will do so and be successful. I cannot wait to meet the technical team to set the ball rolling,” he said.

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Where does the former Black Leopards man ranks?

The former Engen Santos FC defender is ranked among the most talented Malawian players of his generation. He led the Flames to the 2010 Afcon finals in Angola but spent the better part of his club career at Bullets. An opportunity to join the PSL earlier arose around 2001 when Golden Arrows offered him an outright contract. However, the Bullets legend opted to sign for Ottawa Wizards FC in Canada. A few years later, Chiefs invited him for trials thinking he was a left-back. Being a centre-back and at times a defensive midfielder, he did not get the nod at the Naturena. Mponda spent close to a decade at Leopards after joining in 2005 before calling it time on his playing career in 2012 while at Engen Santos.

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What Malawian team has said after signing the ex-Chiefs hopeful

Silver Strikers Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Chimimba, has since vowed to offer Mponda all the support for him to succeed. He said: “We are glad today to announce Mr. Mponda as our head coach. Going forward, we believe that he is the perfect fit for our club and what we believe in. Silver will provide all the necessary resources for him to make headway and succeed in his position.”