Super League outfit Civo United have hired Franco Ndawa as interim trainer days after Azam Tigers coach Gerald Phiri Snr turned down the offer.
Civo vice-general secretary Ronald Chiwaula confirmed the development yesterday but could not specify the period the former Nyasa Big Bullets mentor will be in charge.
“We have asked him to help us assemble a squad. He will be here until we have finalised the process of appointing a permanent coach,” he said.
Civo held interviews for coach’s position in which Phiri emerged top. However, he did not take up the offer citing personal commitments. The club said it would opt for the coach who came second best.
But Chiwaula could not be drawn to disclose if Ndawa is the one who will get the job permanently.
“When we have finished the appointment process we will let you know. Whether it will be Ndawa or someone else, you will be told,” he said.
On his part, Ndawa said he was excited to work with Civo despite that he is just operating in the interim.
“I started work on Tuesday, but I am impressed with the club’s work ethics. I will do my best to help the team during the time I will be here,” he said.
The Former Azam Tigers mentor said he would be pleased to get the job permanently.
Ndawa, who has also coached Red Lions, Silver Strikers and Be Forward Wanderers before, guided Bullets to the Presidential Cup triumph last season.