Amid the chaos that has rocked Big Bullets FC, coach Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan was chased yesterday morning from Kamuzu Stadium where he went to drill his charges ahead of Sunday’s CAF Champions League first-round second leg encounter against Al Hilal of Sudan.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, Ramadhan said three fans charged on him with pangas as he alighted from a vehicle.
“It was a very frightening experience for me. They charged at me while wielding pangas and shouting: ‘Choka iwe siunabwera ndi Kondi iwe!’ [get lost, you came with Kondi].
“I had to flee the stadium and up to now I am failing to come to terms with what wrong I did to deserve such treatment because I have an agreement with the team. I had to speed off from the stadium for my safety because these guys were serious,” said Ramadhan.
Asked if he identified any of them, Ramadhan said: “As for the two others, I did not recognise them, but I identified someone who was the ring leader.”
The Burundian mentor said he could not return to the stadium later in the afternoon because he had not recovered from the ordeal.
“I reported the incident to Bullets executive, but I cannot go back unless we discuss the issue, as at now I do not know what to do,” said Ramadhan.
He said he missed training on Monday and Tuesday due to illness and was hoping to step up the team’s preparations yesterday.
Bullets technical director Billy Tewesa confirmed the incident, saying: “Unfortunately, when the incident was happening, I was inside the stadium and I only heard about it later on.
“But I confronted one of the agitators and he admitted having taken the coach to task because he missed training for two days. I thought that was uncalled for because issues related to the coach’s absence are handled by me as TD [technical director] and the executive. After all, he had a reason for not coming.
“The main supporters committee led by the chairperson Stone Mwamadi also disciplined him and we have planned to go and apologise to Ramadhan”.