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Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan replaces Kinnah Phiri

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Mbeya City FC of Tanzania seem to have an appetite for Nyasa Big Bullets coaches and players.

A week after parting ways with Bullets legend Kinnah Phiri over unpaid dues, Mbeya have hired Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, yet another celebrated former coach for The People’s Team.

Emmanuel Kimbe, Chief Executive Officer for the Tanzania Premier Soccer League team, yesterday confirmed to have hired the Burundian on a year-long contract.

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“Yes, the club thought it wise to hire the coach considering his experience. He will take charge of the team for one year, with the possibility of extending it basing on his performance,” Kimbe said.

Mbeya are also employers of former Bullets goalkeeper Owen Chaima and defender Sankhani Mkandawire.

A fortnight ago, Mbeya parted ways with Kinnah, claiming that he did not deliver the goods the previous season, but the former Flames coach insisted that he offered to walk out because the club had not paid him for five months.

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Kinnah is demanding a K40 million-payout and has since reported Mbeya to Fifa for terminating his three-year contract before paying him his dues.

Kinnah, who is still in Tanzania, has since congratulated Ramadhan for his new job.

“Every team has the right to hire any coach at any time, so I congratulate him for that. I just wish that what happened to me should not happen to him,” he said.

Bullets suspended Ramadhan for four matches in June following the team’s sluggish start to the 2017 TNM Super League campaign.

The Burundian coach never returned to work at the end of his suspension, amid reports that he was back home.

Ramadhan’s absence forced Bullets to put Assistant Coach, Elia Kananji, in charge of the team before hiring Rodgers Yasin last week.

Bullets could not promote the Carlsberg Cup-winning Kananji because he does not possess the minimum qualification of a Caf B-Licence for a Super League head coach.

Ramadhan has also coached clubs in Burundi, Rwanda, Botswana, Uganda and South Africa.

He also served as technical advisor and assistant coach for Burundi and Malawi national football teams.

“Ramadhan is a good coach. [He is] entertaining [and] he likes football. All the best to Rama,” wrote former player and senior journalist in Rwanda, Gakuba Abdul Djabar, on his Facebook page yesterday.

Bullets interim General Secretary, Albert Chigoga, said his team wishes Ramadhan well.

Last week, the coach wrote Bullets, demanding outstanding dues dating back to 2014.

Mbeya City are seventh on the standings of the Vodacom-sponsored Tanzania league after winning twice and losing twice in the new season.

Mtibwa Sugar FC led the 16-member league with 10 points from four games.

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