Nyasa Big Bullets Coach, Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, who has been recalled from a four-game suspension, has dismissed talk that he has fallen out with players.
The Burundian tactician has, for the first time, spoken on his relationship with the team amid reports that most players are against his return.
The coach was expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday at its Blantyre Sports Club training ground but he was conspicuously absent.
Ramadhan confirmed on Wednesday that he received a letter from Bullets interim General Secretary, Albert Chigoga, notifying him about the expiry of his suspension.
“I was indeed supposed to return to the team today (Wednesday), but I am currently tied up with some personal issues. I will report for duties as soon as I sort out the issues that are bothering me,” Ramadhan said.
But a senior Bullets’ player claimed that 98 percent of the squad is against the tactician’s return.
“If they insist on bringing him back, we will simply stop winning games and you know what will happen. Bullets will no longer be a force. We want the status quo to prevail [with Elia Kananji as coach] and we will be giving out our best for the sake of the team,” the player said.
He said the team needs a coach who relates well with the players.
However, Ramadhan maintained that he will return to Bullets.
“I am not aware of any player rejecting me. And it is not possible for a player to reject a coach. I relate well with all my players and those who say players do not want me, are lying,” he said.
Chigoga confirmed that Ramadhan was expected back.
Ramadhan was suspended three weeks ago after Bullets’ slump in form and Kananji has been in charge.
Bullets lost 2-1 to Silver Strikers in Lilongwe on Sunday to remain on sixth place on the TNM Super League log table with 15 points from 10 game.
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