Mighty Wanderers have approached experienced Burundian coach Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan on the possibility of leading the team next season.
The development comes just few weeks before the start of the 2022/23 football season.
This is against the background that the Nomads had settled for former Chitipa United coach Alex Ngwira to replace Wanderers coach Bob Mpinganjira, who has failed to win any silverware for two consecutive years.
Wanderers spokesperson Ernest Maganga confirmed that the Burundian was one of the potential candidates to lead the team.
“We are interested in his services but it will depend on a number of issues. Nothing concrete has been agreed but the board will make a final decision,” Maganga said.
According to Maganga, the fate of the current technical panel will also be reviewed by the board.
His last coaching job in Malawi was with Bullets in 2017 but he left the club after a poor start to the season.
Previously, Ramadhan served as Malawi National Football Team coach as well as technical adviser for the team and Burundi.
When contacted yesterday, the Burundian was reluctant to comment on the matter.
The Burundian had also a tint with Wanderers in the early 2000s.
It is not known if Mpinganjira will remain part of the technical panel.
Mpinganjira reserved his comment.
Former Flames midfielder Peterkins Kayira said Ramadhan could be a perfect choice for Wanderers.
“He has vast experience at the top level. Ramadhan also knows the type of football played in Malawi. He can bring something new to the team,” Kayira said.
Ramadhan has coached teams in several countries including Botswana, Uganda, South Africa, Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda.
Meanwhile, the board meeting which was scheduled for Saturday was postponed to a later date.
The meeting was, among other things, supposed to discuss the future of the club.
Maganga said the meeting would take place soon.
“We agreed to give ample time to sub committees to finalise their reports to the board,” Maganga said.
In a related development, striker Chiukepo Msowoya has signed a two-year deal at Wanderers, having been offloaded at Nyasa Big Bullets.
Another forward Muhammad Sulumba has also returned to the club, having left Civil Service United following the expiry of his contract.
Defender Peter Cholopi has also extended his stay at the Lali Lubani Road side.
Wanderers Board Secretary Humphreys Mvula confirmed the development saying the team had registered 20 players for the new season.
“Chiukepo has finally been signed. What remains is the paper work for Fam [Football Association of Malawi] and Sulom [Super League of Malawi] to register him.
“We have also signed Muhammad Sulumba and extended contracts for two defenders Peter Cholopi and Francis Mlimbika. In total we have registered 20 players as per the technical panel’s recommendations,” Mvula said.
Meanwhile, Msowoya has said he settled for the Nomads as his family needed food on the table.
“It is a great moment for me signing for Wanderers, who have been my rival team for so many years. Life has to go on after being released by Bullets. It is my hope that all the fans who loved and supported me at Bullets will understand this. I still love the club but I am a professional. I will give my all to my new employers— Wanderers,” Msowoya said.
Msowoya was released at Bullets alongside Chimango Kayira, Sankhani Mkandawire, Bright Munthali, Nelson Kangunje, Dalitso Sailesi, Pilirani Zonda and Zicco Mkanda.
Wanderers are without sponsorship after parting ways with Japanese car dealers Be Forward Limited.
The Nomads have gone for two consecutive years without winning a trophy. They finished third in the Super League with 55 points.
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