Outspoken coach Leo Mpulula has said he regrets accepting the offer to coach Azam Tigers and described his two-year stint as a wasted period.
“They have messed up my future and had I known, I would not have accepted their offer.
“I had tempting offers from Civo United and Mighty Wanderers, but I turned them down because Tigers, through their GS, convinced me to stay and now I am crying over spilt milk. Little did I know that they had an agenda to spoil my future. They treated me like a dog,” said Mpulula.
He accused his former club of not appreciating the good work he did for the team.
Mpulula recently announced that he would not renew his contract with the club after being frustrated by its management.
“Tigers have forsaken me. When the GS [Geoff Kachale] phoned to inform me that the board had decided not to renew my contract, I expected him to call me and ask why I was reluctant not to renew my contract,” he said.
And quoting a clause from his contract, Mpulula claimed that it states that either party to the agreement may terminate the coach’s employment at any time by written notice of not less than one month.
“And the GS told me on the phone that the chairperson [Sydney Chikoti] would call me to give me the letter, a thing which never happened,” he said.
However, Kachale on Wednesday laughed off Mpulula’s claims.
“I thought his contract had come to an end and he bid farewell to the players and is on record as telling the media that he would not renew his contract? Then what else did he want us to do?
“If he had an intention to stay and have some conditions reviewed, then he could have used the normal channels,” said Kachale.
He also said in as far as they were concerned, they did not breach the contract.
“If we were ill-treating him, then surely he would have quit. He was at liberty to say he could not continue,” said the Tigers GS.
He also said technical and administrative decisions are made by the entire board and not him alone