BRUISED and battered Super League champions, Big Bullets, who are hunting for a coach following Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan’s departure, have confirmed holding discussions with former Flames coach, Kinnah Phiri and Dedza Young Soccer Stars’ mentor, Millias Jegwe Pofera.
But the People’s Team insist that as of now, there is nothing concrete. The two coaches have been linked with a possible move to Bullets, but chairperson, Sam Chilunga, insisted that it is too early.
“Yes, I can confirm that I have been talking to Kinnah Phiri. I talked with him on Friday and Saturday. Kinnah is like our father. I called him to console him after learning that he had been fired at Free Sate Stars [in South Africa].I also talked to him on Saturday after I missed his call,” Chilunga explained.
“We talked about several issues to do with the club. As you know, he is our legend. We talked about the team’s performance and commercialisation. He is very much keen to see the club going commercial.”
Chilunga, however, said there was nothing concrete yet and called for patience among Bullets supporters.
“Kinnah is coming on September 12. Let’s cross the bridge when we get there,” he noted. On Dedza Young Soccer coach, Pofera, Chilunga said he was in touch with the coach, but could not be coaxed to reveal the outcome of the discussions. “Jegwe is a very good coach,” he said.
“He is also a good friend. We chat. So, yes, we have been talking.” Asked if Bullets can afford to hire Kinnah and Pofera, Chilunga said:
“We managed to hire Ramadhan, why should we fail to hire Kinnah or any other local coach? By the way, do you know how much Free State Stars were paying Kinnah? Otherwise, we could be taking about Kinnah being expensive when it’s something that we can afford.”
Pofera yesterday confirmed the Bullets’ approach, but hastened to note that there was nothing on the table and that he could consider a move depending on an offer.
When contacted on Friday, Kinnah, while confirming that he was returning home, insisted that he would not rejoin the Bullets.
Meanwhile, Bullets has demanded a comprehensive report from the technical committee on the team’s loss to Wanderers in the Carlsberg Cup final.
“There is so much talk bout the loss to Wanderers. I know people would like to know what happened. But let’s not rush to make decisions,” Chilunga said.
“But obviously, the coaches have to submit a full and comprehensive report on what exactly happened for the team to lose the game.” Following the departure of Ramadhan, Bullets technical panel comprises Mabvuto Lungu, who is heading to Germany for a course, Lloyd Nkhwazi and Swadick Sanudi with Billy Tewesa as technical director.
Recent reports suggested that, after failing to coax Elia Kananji from Wanderers, the Bullets executive settled for Nkhwazi as head coach. However, it appears the Carlsberg Cup loss has led to a U-turn.
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