Chikwawa United freelance coach Thom Mkolongo is non-committal on his return to the rookies who are battling against TNM Super League relegation.
Mkolongo, who has now missed two games in which the rookies have lost 4-1 and won 1-0 against Big Bullets and Azam Tigers, yesterday ruled himself out from Sunday’s second round meeting with fellow strugglers Blantyre United.
“At our school, there is a sports day, which means I will not be available again. About my return, let me reserve my comment. There are some things we cannot discuss in public,” he said.
Other reports suggest unpaid dues could be the reason keeping Mkolongo out. In his absence, the Lower Shire outfit have Trevor Kajawa and William Khonje in charge of the team.
Recently, United general secretary Evans Saiti said he hoped for Mkolongo’s return when his situation permits at Modern Academy in Lilongwe where he works as a sports teacher. The agreement with Mkolongo was that he would be working from Thursday to Friday every week, Saiti said.
Chikwawa are second from the bottom on 19 points whereas United sit second from the bottom on 17 points, one point ahead of Karonga United who take on Big Bullets this Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium.