Blog : How did once ‘Mighty’ Mufulira Wanderers get themselves relegated
A four goals to two loss at the hands of eventual league champions Zesco United on the final day of the league ensured Mighty Mufulira Wanderers would play division one football or Zone football as other people call it come 2018. For a team that fought to bravely to survive relegation the season before it seemed they never learned a thing.
The legacy the team has is too big to be fight relegation season after season and eventually succumbing to the dreaded drop zone. In its glory days Mighty Mufulira Wanderers produced a number of great players for both the league and the Zambia National team, The likes Charles Musonda, Kalusha Bwalya, Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu and many others.
A team once so feared has now become just another average side in the Zambian Football circles, But how did Mighty manage to get themselves relegated?.
FAILURE TO PREPARE
Like the old adage goes ” Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. The once Mighty, Mufulira Wanderers did not make adequate preparation coming into the just ended season because if they did it could not have taken them six weeks to record their first point.
The team spent too much time celebrating their survival than actually coming to reality with the fact that they needed to prepare to avoid the sad reality they find themselves in today. Teams lose and it’s normal but not your first five games of which one is a six nil bashing and two are losses to division one bound City of Lusaka (4-1 at Shinde) and Real Nakonde.
Wanderers actually lost their Super league place at the start of the season rather than in the game against Zesco United, A match they could have won and still be relegated.
LACK OF ADEQUATE REPLACEMENTS
The team lost some of their best talents before the start of the new season and they did little or nothing to replace them. Taonga Bwembya the man who was at the canter of their survival moved to join Sensational Zanaco, Talented winger Austin Banda moved to Napsa Stars with Warren Kunda moving to Green Eagles, Those are three key players who were not properly replaced.
After a poor first half of the season where they only managed to win 3 games and losing over half of the games they went on a spending spree buying and bought 22 players mid way though the season. They bought almost a whole new team and most of these players did little or nothing to help Mighty fight relegation.
FAILURE TO DEFEND A LEAD
The last three games Wanderers lost were games they had scored first but failed to hold on the lead. First against Nchanga Rangers when Aubrey Chamulwanda put them in the lead early own but failed hold and win but ended up losing.
Against Nkana it was the same story and on the final day Guily Manziba’s man of the match performance put them in the lead after John Ching’andu had scored early on for Zesco United but they allowed three more goals to lose 4-2.
Now that the worst has befallen the 9 time league champions it’s time they started looking at how they can quickly bounce back to the top flight. Preparing is usually a good starting point.It’s something they failed in 2017 but they can learn from it and make proper adjustments in 2018.
The last time they were relegated it took them 10 years to win promotion back to the super league but for the sake of their very passionate fans they mighty want to return as early as 2019. Will they make it back to the super league any time soon? well only time will tell.
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