Mbeya City FC secretary general, Emmanuel Kimbe confirmed the development saying the club is delighted to have the coach of Phiri calibre as his experience will be crucial to turn around the club’s fortunes which have taken a dip this season.
He added that the club will not be in a hurry to expect instant results in form of silver ware from the Malawian this season but will give him time to patch things up without unnecessary pressure.
According the Tanzanian English daily, The Citizen the Mbeya based outfit is fighting relegation in a 16 team league and is currently on position nine with 17 points from 17 games.
Kimbe however, expressed optimism that the club will crawl its way back to its old position during which it finished third in its maiden season and finished fourth in the last season.
Meanwhile, Phiri has said that he is happy to join the club and expressed the hope that he will get maximum cooperation from the club officials and fans.
“I am happy to join Mbeya City. It is my hope that we will work as a team and achieve our goals,” he said.
At the Tanzanian club, he has replaced Abdul Mingange who was acting in caretaker capacity following the departure of Juma Mwambusi who has joined one of the country’s leading soccer powerhouses Young Africans FC.
Phiri trekked to South Africa and joined Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Free State Stars soon after Football Association of Malawi (FAM) sacked him as a national coach early in 2014.
However, he did not have also a long spell with Free State Stars as the club subsequently gave him a boot for the team’s poor run of form.
Ironically upon his return to Malawi he was temporarily hired by Malawi Super League rookies Mzuzu University Football Club whose survival in the elite league were hanging by the thread to astonishment of many- he pulled out the required result.