By Bernard Mhone:
Be Forward Wanderers Executive Committee is reportedly in talks with Burundian mentor, Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, over the possibility of roping him in the Bob Mpinganjira-led coaching panel.
However, Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, could neither confirm nor deny such reports.
“Ramadhan is just one of the coaches we could look at but that does not mean it is obvious we will change anything,” Mkandawire said Tuesday when contacted for clarification on the reports.
He said they might strengthen the technical panel ahead of the 2019 football season’s kick-off in April.
The Daily Times has established that Mkandawire was in Karonga District over the weekend for a meeting with the Tanzania’s Mbeya City Council FC coach.
Mkandawire could not come out clearly on whether Ramadhan would replace Mpinganjira as Wanderers coach.
“Options are there on how we can solidify our technical panel. Ramadhan is among our options to strengthen our technical panel. If he comes, he would be in the coaching panel and Bob would still be our head coach. It is not worth discussing now but options are there,” he said.
He said they were eyeing TNM Super League championship and winning Airtel Top 8 and Fisd Challenge trophies next season.
“We failed to defend the Super League championship last season and, now, our target is to grab it from our rivals [Nyasa Big Bullets] and win Airtel Top 8 and Fisd Challenge cups, hence strengthening our technical panel in the off-season so as to achieve our dream,” Mkandawire said.
In his reaction from Tanzania, Ramadhan Tuesday said he had not received any job offer from Wanderers.
“I don’t know anything about Wanderers. I have a contract with Mbeya City and my concentration is not on Malawi. I have to respect the remaining years on the contract with my club and it is doing fine. I take those as mare speculations. We shall see the truth,” Ramadhan said.
Ramadhan joined Mbeya in 2017 after coaching Nyasa Big Bullets on a second stint. He also coached Wanderers in early 2000 before relocating to Botswana then South Africa, only to be recalled by Bullets.
Last season, Wanderers won the Fisd Challenge Cup and finished as Super League runners up.
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