Nyasa Big Bullets executive committee on Sunday resolved to elevate assistant coach Lloyd Nkhwazi to the position of acting head coach.
The People’s Team was supposed to conduct interviews to fill the vacant position and out of three shortlisted candidates, only Franco Ndawa showed up at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre.
The other two earmarked candidates—Kinnah Phiri and Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan—who coached the team before, did not turn up.
However, according to a well-placed source, the club’s initial agreement was that in the event that only one candidate was present, then he would automatically be offered the post.
“But after noting that only Ndawa turned up, the majority of the executive were against the idea of letting Ndawa take the job,” said the source.
“Therefore, it was resolved to release Ndawa on the basis that some of the key technical members, who were supposed to conduct the interviews, were not present.”
Nevertheless, an ad hoc meeting that followed resolved that Nkhwazi should take over as the head coach in the interim to be assisted by his former boss Mabvuto Lungu.
The source said the decision was arrived at after considering that Nkhwazi has a CAF B coaching licence which is now the minimum qualification for Super League coaches.
Ndawa confirmed that he went for the interviews, “but I was told that they had been postponed because other key interviewers were absent.”
While confirming Nkhwazi’s appointment, Bullets general secretary Titha Mandiza refused to shed more light on the controversy surrounding the coaches’ interview issue.
“The search is not over. We are still in the process of identifying a permanent coach,” she said.
The position of Bullets coach fell vacant two weeks ago when it was announced that they were looking for Lungu’s replacement as he does not have a CAF B licence. n