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Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan reshuffles Big Bullets panel

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Nyasa Big Bullets’ Coach-designate, Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, has proposed his backroom staff he thinks can help him turn around the fortunes of the deposed TNM Super League champions next season.

In an exclusive interview on Wednesday afternoon from his Blantyre home, Ramadhan said he had opted for former Surestream Academy development officer, Patrick Kulemeka and current Bullets’ caretaker coach, Elia Kananji, as his assistants. Swadick Sanudi will also be restored as goalkeepers’ trainer.

Ramadhan’s proposal leaves out of the equation Llyod Nkhwazi who served as Head Coach in the 2016 season.

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Last season, Nkhwazi’s backroom team included Rahim Ishmael and Mabvuto Lungu as team manager and assistant coach, respectively. Lungu and Ishmael were fired alongside Sanudi.

When appointing him on Tuesday, Bullets gave Ramadhan a free hand to choose his own coaching staff.

The Burundian-born coach justified his choice, saying he was looking for men who can help him create harmony between the technical panel and the players.

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“Looking at my proposal, I have done this to make sure that Bullets should progress in all areas. I proposed Kulemeka because he is a developmental coach. He produced many talented players at Surestream and the guy is very conversant with information and technology,” Ramadhan explained.

“I believe that he will help me assemble a good squad that will last for a long time. I have also proposed Kananji because I was with him in 2015 and he did better with the team in 2014. Football is dynamic and I thought it wise to have him.”

Ramadhan said the roping in of Chilapondwa in the panel was meant to give a chance for Bullets’ loyal servants to serve in the club’s structures.

“He was my player and I know him. Apart from that, he is studying sports management [long distance with University of Pretoria, South Africa] and that means he has enhanced his knowledge of football,” he explained.

The coach also said Sanudi deserves to be recalled as he has transformed up-and-coming goalkeepers such as Ernest Kakhobwe.

“As I said earlier, all this depends on the approval of the executive,” he said, adding that he will make a few additions to the squad.

Kulemeka confirmed that Ramadhan approached him with the offer. Kulemeka said he will wait for a meeting with Bullets’ management on the same.

Bullets’ interim General Secretary, Grivin Kalozeni, Friday confirmed that Ramadhan had proposed Kulemeka, Sanudi and Chilapondwa for his panel.

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