Former Zambia head coach George Lwandamina is in Dar es Salaam to complete talks with Tanzanian giants Yanga on a two-year deal.
Lwandamina, who guided Zesco United to the Caf Champions League semi-finals this campaign, is set to take over the Jangwani Street club with immediate effect.
“Yanga wants Lwandamina to take over because of his massive experience on the African continent, something that is important because of their ambitions ahead of next year’s Caf Champions League,” said a close source to the club who preferred anonymity told Supersport.
“He is in Dar es Salaam and the club has offered him a contract of two years and what is remaining is to agree on terms and conditions. The club will issue an official statement as soon as the deal is signed.”
Yanga have run out of patience with Hans van Pluijm whose side sits in second place on the Vodacom Premier League table standings with 21 points from 10 games, eight points behind their biggest archrivals Simba who have amassed 29 points from 11 games.
Fans and the club’s top management were left dumbfounded after Yanga was held to a 1-all draw by a 10-man Simba side in the Dar es Salaam on October 1 before also settling for a goalless draw with Azam FC.
Yanga club management have opted to act as early as possible before they are out of the title race as early as October and they think Lwandamina is the man to steer their ship in the right direction.
Another top official at the club revealed that the Dutchman will be handed a role as technical director at Yanga without completely phasing him out.
Van Pluijm inspired Yanga to the double last season winning the league title convincingly before defeating Azam FC in the final of the Federation Cup.
Yanga will represent Tanzania in the Caf Champions League.
If both parties agree, this will be Lwandamina’s first assignment outside of Zambia where he was in charge of his former side Mufulira Wanderers, Green Buffaloes, Kabwe Warriors as well as Red Arrows before he was named Chipolopolo coach in May 2015 guiding Zambia to the Chan 2016 quarterfinals.
Other sources say that Lwandamina has been offered US$18,000 (approximately K180,000) per month with other incentives to leave ZESCO.