Nyasa Big Bullets yesterday suspended its coach Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan indefinitely due to poor performance.
Ramadhan was recently given a five-game ultimatum to turn around the team’s fortunes or face the sack and despite winning three, losing one and drawing the other, the People’s Team executive still feels the coach has not made the grade.
Confirming the suspension in an interview yesterday, Bullets general secretary Albert Chigoga said: “It is true, we have suspended the coach due to the team’s poor performance.
“The trend at which we are moving is pathetic and we felt there was no better time to ask him to step aside than now.
“We have not fired the coach, he is still part of us. All that we want is for him to conduct some soul-searching regarding his performance before we can determine the way forward.”
He also said following the Burundian tactician’s suspension, his assistant Elia Kananji has taken over, albeit temporarily.
Ramadhan could not be reached for comment yesterday, but a well-placed source confided in The Nation that the working relationship within the technical panel, especially between the coach and his assistant, has not been cordial lately.
Ramadhan’s firing comes in the wake of Bullets’ unsatisfactory outing to the Central Region last weekend where they returned with just a point out of a possible six.
They lost to Blue Eagles 1-0 on Saturday before being held to a goalless draw by the rookies Masters Security the following day. After that, they were booted out of the inaugural Airtel Top 8 by Silver Strikers 1-0 on aggregate.
They lost the first leg 1-0 in Lilongwe before playing out a 0-0 draw in the return leg.
The People’s Team had a poor start to the season when they were also held to a goalless draw by rookies Chitipa United before going down 1-0 to Moyale Barracks, a situation that led to the team’s executive to press the panic button and set a five-game ultimatum.
They appeared to have turned the corner when they won three games on the trot against Civil Sporting Club (2-0) Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC 2-0 and Blantyre United (2-1).