Pros and cons of Yanga reappointing Mkwasa

13Nov 2019
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Pros and cons of Yanga reappointing Mkwasa

IT is nearing a week since Young Africans (Yanga) had sacked head coach Mwinyi Zahera and appointed Charles Boniface Mkwasa to replace the Congolese coach.

Yanga’s interim head coach, Boniface Mkwasa.

Yanga have since won one Vodacom Premier League match against Mtwara’s Ndanda FC.

The domestic top flight big guns edged Ndanda FC 1-0 at the latter’s backyard, Nangwanda Sijaona Stadium.

Mkwasa appeared to be an inevitable choice at least on an interim basis given his history at the club, with that in mind, we have run through the pros and cons of his returning to the Jangwani Street side for a third crack of the whip.

Pros 

Mkwasa is hungry and fresh

It is not just this season that Yanga appear to be struggling, but over the course of the last two seasons in which they have ended without a single trophy and finished second and third.

During this period, they have gone through two different coaches of varying degrees of experience who employ different styles of football.

Head coach George Lwandamina left in a hush, Zahera project failed, so a back-to-basics approach is now needed.

Maybe it is not about appointing someone who employs a dazzling brand of football, but bringing in a coach who will get you results, get the team organized, disciplined and wipe out the silly mistakes.

Given how long Zahera was under pressure, logically speaking you would think that Yanga would have had a coach in mind when they eventually axed the Congolese.

But that is evidently not been the case. Unlike a number of the other names that have been linked with the Yellow and Green outfit, Mkwasa had been out-of-work for over one year and is now interested resuming his coaching career that hit a snag when he was fired from the senior national team ‘Taifa Stars’ job.

Unite the team

Mkwas's place in Yanga's folklore ensured he received a rapturous welcome when he was announced as the interim coach and made visited the club’s headquarters.

His first task will be to rally the team together after the cracks within forced the club management sack Mwinyi Zahera.

He issued a rallying crying that the all is well in the squad and all that is needed at the moment is unity and peace in the club.

“The atmosphere in the team is magnificent, the boys are in good morale. These are things that come and go but I urge for peace in and unity in the club to forge ahead.’’

Cons

Pragmatism over excitement

One of the reasons Yanga stuck by Zahera for so long is that they could see what he was desperately trying to implement in the most difficult time for the club, but ultimately it didn’t work out.

While Mkwasa represents a solid and steady replacement, his football philosophy is not exactly enthralling. Heis defensively focused and his team's displays are often effective yet sleep-inducing.

Not a long-term solution

The majority of Yanga fans crave a coach that can excite them, get bums off seats and employ an attractive brand of football.

They want a high profile coach with an impressive CV in the CAF inter-club competitions. It was assumed the club would seek a new direction with the appointment of a coach has at least guided a team to the Group Stage of the CAF Champions League or CAF Confederation Cup.

Mkwasa could work in the short-term, but he’s not a long-term solution in the eyes of fans who have seen what Simba have achieved recently.

Third time unlucky

Mkwasa’ achievements at Yanga will never be forgotten: ten consecutive years as a player, the memorable away victory in Zimbabwe.

Even when he served as a secretary, He did not exactly leave on a high but he left with his reputation intact. He has dispelled the ‘never go back’ myth, but would he be able to succeed for a third time?

The verdict

The football will not be great but history tells us that Mkwasa will get results, which at this time is the most important thing. A short time appointment makes sense.

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