Gerald Phiri Senior has excused himself from Civo United coaching post, saying he is pre-occupied.
Phiri emerged the most successful in the interviews that Civo conducted recently, but the Azam Tigers tactician was unreachable when Civo wanted to offer him the job.
Phiri on Saturday said he cannot take up the job now.
“At the time they were calling me, I was away and I had left my [mobile] phone at home so that was why they could not reach me. But I have communicated to them that I have personal commitments, so I won’t take up the job,” he said.
Phiri, who said he was grateful to Civo for the offer, was also elusive about his future at Tigers.
“At the moment, I am still at Tigers but since I will be engaged, it will be difficult for me to stay at Tigers,” he said.
Last week, reports indicated that Phiri and Blue Eagles Coach, Derklerk Msakakuona, are earmarked to be assistants for the yet to be appointed Flames’ expatriate coach.
But Phiri said he could not comment on such reports as he has not been approached.
Civo Vice General Secretary, Ronald Chiwaula, expressed ignorance about Phiri’s position.
“We have not received any communication from Mr Phiri about any development. But what I know is that we could not reach him when we wanted to inform him to start the job,” Chiwaula said.
He said they have since written to their sponsor, the Office of the President and Cabinet, for guidance on the issue of a coach.
Civo might go for the second most successful coach in the interviews, which also attracted Daniel Dzinkambani and Stanley Chirwa.
“We are mindful that time is not on our side in regards to the fulfillment of Club Licensing System requirements. We are hopeful that we will have a coach very soon,” Chiwaula said.
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