Speaking from Blantyre on Tuesday, the former Malawi national team coach said he want three players who can fill positions of first-choice goalkeeper, midfielder and striker at Mbeya City.
He said after discussions with his technical staff, they came into agreement that they should look for players outside the country who can beef up squad ahead of Mainland premiership in August.
Phiri, a former Free State FC of South Africa trainer said he is looking for players who will impress him and priority is given to his countrymen, but if they will not impress him, he will go for players from Zambia and Zimbabwe leagues where he said talent is abundant.
“I am on leave at home. The Malawi Super League is still going on, I will use this opportunity to look for players who can fit into my plans at Mbeya City.
I want players who are very good as you know the Mainland premier league is very competitive, our aim next season is to finish on top three so I need quality players”, he said.
The coach also disclosed that his team will play three international strength testing match against two Malawi club next month.
“I have been informed that the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has given our team a clearance to play international friendly matches in Malawi and it will be in July. We plan to play against my former Club Big Bullets which I also coached and Mzuzu University FC which I was a technical director before coming there (Tanzania )”, he said.
He said the three international friendly games will help to shape his team, try new combinations and also build the player’s confidence.
“You know I joined Mbeya City when the league was half way through, I went straight into the games there was no much time of training the players. I hope this time around we will build a very strong side capable of being on the top three”, he said.
The Malawian coach who is regarded in his country a very successful coach of all time, was employed by Mbeya City last season on a two-year contract, he found the team fighting to avoid relegation but he managed to rescue it and the team ended on position 8 with 38 points.