Big Bullets FC has given up on its ambitious plan to engage their former Burundian coach Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan.
The club’s general secretary Harold Fote and chairperson Kondi Msungama yesterday confirmed the development.
“Considering our current financial position, we had to swallow our pride and accept the harsh reality that we cannot sustain Ramadhan.
“We cannot bank on well-wishers to pay the coach in the excess of half a million kwacha a month. We would rather use that money to sustain the coaching panel that is there as well as motivate the players,” said Fote.
He also said in view of the development, former Blantyre United coach Elia Kananji will be the head coach and will be assisted by Mabvuto Lungu whereas Lloyd Nkhwazi will be retained as technical director.
Msungama, who all along was insisting on hiring Ramadhan, also gave in yesterday saying: “The resolution was made at an executive committee meeting that in order to produce good results, we needed to hire a high-profile coach.
“Three-quarters [of the executive committee] were in agreement, but from the look of things, it appears we will not be able to meet his demands which are in excess of K1 million.”
Msungama paid Ramadhan’s return ticket to Durban, South Africa, for talks with the Bullets executive committee.
Efforts to seek Ramadhan’s reaction on the development proved futile.