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Eddingtone Ng’onamo spits fire

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Eddingtone Ng’onamo, who got the bullet as Be Forward Wanderers’ coach on Wednesday, has slammed the Nomads’ ‘amateurish’ handling of his dismissal alongside assistant coach, Elia Kananji.

Ng’onamo accused Wanderers’ management of pegging the sacking solely on Saturday’s 0-1 loss to Nyasa Big Bullets, saying such decision-making reflects that the officials have superficial football knowledge.

“BB cannot be a yardstick for me to be fired because they have also stayed for a long time.It is about four years or five years without beating Bullets [in the league]. Is it because it is Ng’onamo and Kananji who have failed to beat Bullets then we have to fire them?,” the former Flames’ coach charged.

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“That is not on…that is not on. It must not be only the result of Bullets’ game. If football is supposed to be happening that way, then I am sorry to say it …most people are amateurs, they do not know what football is.”

The highly-qualified coach and instructor, who also served as Football Association of Malawi technical director, cited an example of Jose Mourinho, who has lost games at Manchester United in England but he was not sacked.

“You do not just fire someone because they have lost one or two games. You have to go back; you look at all scenerios. Is it the players? Is it the executive? Not just looking at the coach,” Ng’onamo said while accusing his former employers of not hearing him out before the dismissal.

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In an earlier interview, Kananji played down his dismissal, saying he was not bitter with Wanderers, who have since hired Yasin Osman and Bob Mpinganjira as Coach and Assistant Coach, respectively.

Wanderers’ General Secretary, Mike Butao, who also chairs the team’s technical sub-committee, yesterday insisted that he was not interested in waging war against their former coaches.

“These are coaches I respect a lot. Unfortunately, this time around results have not been going their way. The log table is the evidence. We have enough cups. The league was our priority this season. And they were aware because we discussed it. And as officials, we needed to do what was best for the club at this point in time. The club always has to come first,” Butao insisted.

“As for being heard, how many bad results have we had under their watch? How many crisis meetings have we had? How many times have they been heard? How many assurances have we received? Let us just move on and not dwell on this. These coaches will likely come back in future. This is football.”

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