An impressive start to the TNM Super League second round has forced Nyasa Big Bullets to shelve plans to get Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan back on board as head coach.
Ramadhan’s one-month contract with Football Association of Malawi (FAM) as Flames caretaker coach expired on Saturday and the People’s Team chairperson Noel Lipipa claimed they had engaged him in preliminary discussions on the prospects of offering him a deal.
“There were suggestions within the Bullets family to re-engage him and we had preliminary discussions [with him], but on second thoughts we have shelved the plans for now because of how we have started the second round. It would only be fair to give [current coaches] Lloyd Nkhwazi and Mabvuto Lungu a chance,” he said.
Lipipa said during the discussions they had with Ramadhan, there was nothing concrete as they needed to consult on other areas.
“He [Ramadhan] is an experienced and good tactitian who has always been part of Bullets, but the team has won two games, scoring six goals and conceding only one. And there is tactical discipline,” he said.
The People’s Team chairperson dismissed suggestions that they might have been put off by Ramadhan’s terms.
Under Nkhwazi and Lungu’s tutelage, Bullets have beaten PremierBet Wizards and Kamuzu Barracks (KB) 2-0 and 4-1, respectively.
Last season, they also led Bullets to the league title with a 16-point gap, but at the start of the current season, Bullets engaged Franco Ndawa whom they fired recently due to what they described as poor performance.
However, Ramadhan yesterday claimed he has not been in touch with any club yet.
“I knew that I only had a month to the expiry of my contract as Flames coach. Now that my contract is over, I have no plans as I am free at home,” Ramadhan said.
“I am not in touch with any team. It is news to me that Bullets are interested in me. However, I am ready to take offers from any team that will be interested in my services.”
Before being hired as Flames assistant coach in August last year, Ramadhan was in charge of Bullets.