Kinnah Weighs Mbeya Offer

Former Flames coach Kinna Phiri is contemplating his bets – whether to start a new lease of life in the City of Mbeya in Tanzania where a two-year contract has been dangled in his face or remain at the university side Mzuni in Malawi.


In fact when Zodiak telephoned on Monday he confirmed he was on transit from Tanzania, but he declined to shed a brighter light until after informing Mzuni officials of his final decision.

Mbeya City Stars FC is offering a two-year contract to Kinnah and there are indications that he could be heading there should Mzuzu University of Northern Malawi fail to counter the offer.

Kinnah, who was part of Mzuni’s survival in the TNM Super League, also coached Free State Stars of South Africa. He revived Free State Stars at a time it was bound for relegation in the Premier League.

The man of records also guided the Malawi National Football Team, the Flames, to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

Several newspapers in Tanzania and Malawi have quoted Mbeya City FC gen sec Emmanuel Kimbe as confirming to have offered Phiri a contract after parting ways with coach Abdul Mingange who too took over from Juma Mwambusi. Mwambusi has since moved to join Young Africans.

Phiri was on Sunday present in Tanzania when Mbeya City played a goalless game against their city rivals Mbeya Prison.

When contacted by Zodiak on Monday morning Kinnah told us to call him later as he was scheduled to meet the board of Mbeya City in the morning to discuss about the two-year deal.

Later, speaking while on transit from Mbeya, Kinnah first apologized we could not take long on the phone since he was driving; then said the decision to join Mbeya or not will be sealed Tuesday afternoon.

He said he had discussed with the board of Mbeya City Stars and that he needs to brief his employers at Mzuni where he has spent time after he was fired at Free State Stars.

While Kinnah remains mum on the Mbeya deal, the Citizen of Tanzania has quoted GS Emmanuel Kimbe as saying they are ‘delighted to hire an experienced coach who has national and club exposure.’

Pictures showing him shaking hands with officials Mbeya City Stars, apparently after sealing the deal, have also appeared on the Internet.

Kinnah is well known in Tanzania after he facilitated Taifa Stars’ Mrisho Ngasa’s move to Free State Stars.

There has been no immediate comment from Mzuni, but an official there told Zodiak that their bond with Kinnah is still intact.