Coach Patrick Kulemeka has turned down Nyasa Big Bullets coach Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan’s offer to be his deputy.
Ramadhan demanded that he should pick coaches that he is confident to work with.
But two days after Bullets announced Kulemeka and Elia Kananji as Ramadhan’s assistants, Kulemeka has distanced himself from the offer.
“Let me just say as of now I cannot take up that post because I have other things to do.” However, let me thank Mr Ramadhan for recognising me and showing interest to work with me.”
Asked why the change of heart when Ramadhan had already announced his name as the new Bullets assistant coach, Kulemeka said he was contacted to find out if he was ready to join the Bullets technical panel.
“Yes, I was approached, but I did not accept just as I have explained that I am engaged in other things,” he said.
Meanwhile, former Big Bullets coach Meke Mwase has been earmarked for the job.
When asked if he is ready to join Bullets technical panel as Kulemeka’s replacement, Mwase, who last year terminated his contract with Swaziland Super League side Mbambane Highlanders, said he would comment after an official offer.
“I cannot comment until I hear from Big Bullets,” said Mwase who is currently helping out Kasungu-based side TN Stars FC.
But in a telephone interview yesterday, Ramadhan was optimistic of getting an assistant before they start 2017 preparations.
“I am still working on it, before we resume training you will know,” he said.
Ramadhan is back at Bullets for the third stint after leaving the club in 2015.
The Burundian tactician coached the club when it was Bakili Bullets back in 2004.