Nyasa Big Bullets coach Calisto Pasuwa has turned down an offer to join Kenyan Premier League giants AFC Leopards.
Leopards were in talks with Pasuwa over a possible move to the club for several weeks, according to The Nation of Kenya.
Pasuwa apparently held discussions with Leopards via Skype, discussing terms, but the talks have stalled.chairperson Dan Shikanda
The Kenyan publication quoted an agent who was behind the deal as having confirmed the collapse of the negotiations.
“We are now looking at other options. Calisto Pasuwa declined the AFC Leopards offer,” said the agent who represents the Kenyan club.
Pasuwa was not available for comment, but his manager Gibson Mahachi and Nyasa Big Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga downplayed fears of losing the coach.
“He has turned down several offers and opted to stay with us. We are aware. Some better offers for that matter. Malawi is his second home,” said Chigoga.
Pasuwa has established himself as one of prominent gaffers in the region after he led Dynamos of Zimbabwe to four consecutive Castle Lager Premier Soccer League titles from 2011 to 2014.
He was later appointed Zimbabwe national team coach, leading the Warriors to the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations qualification.
Upon return from the Afcon, Pasuwa left the Warriors for the Bullets job and led the People’s Team to two successive TNM Super League championships.
However, the coach insists on signing a year-long contract which keeps Bullets looking over its shoulder on who might be interested in the coach’s services.
Chigoga on Tuesday acknowledged the need for a long-term deal if they are to keep the tactician.
“He opts for one-year contracts. We will tie him down to a longer one after this,” he said.