By NDINAWE SIMPELWE –
NEWLY appointed Zanaco general manager Marlon Kananda has vowed to make the former league champions ‘sensational’ again.
Kananda, however, said in an interview after his appointment that the task to make Zanaco a force to reckon with both in Africa and locally was tough but achievable.
He said his first task would be to ensure that everyone connected to Zanaco was working as one unit towards one purpose.
Kananda said he would work with every stakeholder of the team to bring out the best in everyone towards making Zanaco the team to beat.
“Zanaco is a strong brand. It could just be missing one or two things to make it a dominant force, so my immediate task to work with everyone find out what those things are and work on them,” Kananda said.
He said Zanaco should not only compete in sports alone but need to competitive financially as well by bringing in the right sponsors and partners to help run as a professional independent body.
“Expect the best from us as Zanaco in 2019. The aim in the long run is to succeed with the team i.e. sporting and economically. I want to build a team that is strong and compete for national and continental glory. If we want to win, we need to do the ordinary things better than anyone else does them day in and day out,” he said.
He added that he would introduce Zanaco branded merchandise because the fans were dying to own such items for the club they love.
Kananda said he was looking forward to his first day at the office today and get to learn the vision of the club meet everyone.
“For us to operate we need to ensure we adhere to club licensing conditions. That means we need a finance manager, a media person and all other things and personnel. But I can confirm that in 2019 we will compete favourably,” he said.
Zanaco had a poor 2018 season that saw the bankers finish fifth and missed out on CAF 2018/19 Inter Club championship.
Kananda was SuperSport marketing manager for Southern Africa for eight years before he quit recently.