Former Flames assistant coach Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan is set to return to Nyasa Big Bullets FC after being offered the post of head coach.
The People’s Team acting general secretary (GS) Grivin Bize-Kalozeni yesterday said in principle, the Burundian tactician had accepted the offer.
“We had a long discussion about the job. We made an offer and he is yet to come back to us. He may accept the job or he might counter-offer,” said Kalozeni.
The acting GS also said Ramadhan came up with some conditions which include choosing his own backroom staff and recommending players of his choice.
Kalozeni said they had granted Ramadhan his wish to pick his backroom staff.
“We accepted because it is good to have a coach working with people he is comfortable with. If you force him to work with people he does not trust, it may bring problems. Such things lead to coaches complaining of sabotage,” he said.
The development means the fate of former head coach Lloyd Nkhwazi and Elia Kananji lies in the Burundian tactician’s hands.
On Nkhwazi and Kananji’s fate, Kalozeni said the two coaches’ contracts already expired at the end of the season.
“So, their future depends on Ramadhan’s decision. If he wants to maintain them, he will. If he doesn’t want them, then that’s it, they will go,” he said.
Kananji was appointed technical adviser midway through the second round while Nkhwazi was made head coach in August 2016 following the firing of Franco Ndawa.
Ramadhan confirmed his appointment in an interview yesterday but said he could not comment on whether he will maintain Nkhwazi or Kananji before discussing with Bullets.
The coach has been on Bullets radar since his contract with Football Association of Malawi (FAM) expired last year.
Ironically, the last time Ramadhan was with Bullets he was chased at Kamuzu Stadium while training the team by panga-wielding supporters who wanted him to relinquish his position because he was hired by deposed Kondi Msungama-led executive committee.
This will be Ramadhan’s third stint with the People’s Team. n