Nyasa Big Bullets Chairperson, Noel Lipipa, has said they fired three members of the People’s Team’s technical panel due to alleged sabotage.
The club on Wednesday night parted ways with Team Manager, Rahim Ishmael, Assistant Coach Mabvuto Lungu and Goalkeepers’ Trainer, Swadick Sanudi, just a few days after the team lost miserably 3-0 to rivals, Be Forward Wanderers, in the first leg of Bus Ipite Bonanza.
Lipipa said the sacked members of the panel were not advancing Bullets’ cause.
“We were pulling in opposite direction. As an executive committee, we are doing our best to motivate the players so that we should defend the league and win the bus. They cheated us that the players trained on Wednesday, but we discovered that they did not,” Lipipa explained.
“To make matters worse, they told the players that only the first eleven would get a huge bonus and the players boycotted training. Actually, we did not know their intention and this is a clear sign that they were sabotaging us.”
Lipipa said following the sacking of the trio, Lloyd Nkhwazi will still be in charge of the team as Head Coach whereas as Assistant Coach Elia Kananji will double as Technical Advisor and Team Manager for the remainder of the season.
Ishmael yesterday said he was not bitter.
“I have been part of the Bullets’ family in my whole life and I will remain part of them. Let God forgive anyone who is accusing us of sabotage,” Ishmael said.
Lungu and Sanudi could not be reached.
Bullets are hunting for their 14th league title as they are just a point behind leaders, Kamuzu Barracks (KB), on 57 points from 29 games.
Bullets must beat unpredictable Blue Eagles tomorrow and hope that KB drop points against Dwangwa United at Chitowe Stadium on the same day.
If KB win against Dwangwa, they will automatically be crowned champions.
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