By Mphatso Malidadi:
“Of course, it is a challenging task but it is possible to rebuild the side. Having coached the team before, I know that I can do it again,” said Phiri, who left Tigers in 2017 after being appointed assistant coach to the Flames’ mentor Ronny van Geneudgen before being dropped.
Details of the duration of Phiri’s contract were kept under wraps as the team and coach were reluctant to disclose them.
“Last time, I was given a four-year contract but I left after serving for two years. This time around, it might be a similar offer but the actual details will be known later,” he said.
Phiri was unveiled at Country Club Limbe, Blantyre, on Monday where new players are undergoing trials.
Tigers Technical Director, Robin Alufandika, said they want Phiri to win at least a trophy and secure a top-eight finish next season.
“He is back to his nest and free to do whatever he likes. We don’t want to struggle finishing among top eight teams. We also want a trophy or two next season,” he said.
In reaction, Phiri said he has a personal target which can be achieved this season.
“As a coach, you need a personal target and, in my case, [I am talking of] a top-four finish and a trophy,” he said.
Tigers started the 2018 season strongly but struggled towards the end of the campaign due to limited resources. The team severed ties with Bakhresa Grain and Milling as sponsors.
The Kau Kau also struggle due to poaching by big teams and lack of sponsorship.
This year is no different as Tigers have sold striker Luke Chima to Nyasa Big Bullets while forward Peter Katsonga has been linked with a switch to Be Forward Wanderers.