Escom United are reportedly courting their former reserve side coach Leo Mpulula on the prospects of engaging him as head coach.
A well-placed source confided in Nation Online on Tuesday that Escom chairperson Fanuel Nkhono met Mpulula at Protea Ryalls in Blantyre on Monday where, in principle, they agreed on a two-year contract.
The source claimed that during the meeting, the two parties agreed that Mpulula should take over the team once he returns from Botswana with the Under-17 national soccer team.
While confirming meeting Mpulula, Nkhono said it was not true that they had agreed on a deal.
â€œAs an executive, we have not met to discuss the issue of hiring Leo, but I can confirm that I indeed met him yesterday [Monday]. In fact, I always meet him [Mpulula] because he has been part of the Escom United family for a long time,â€ said Nkhono.
He added: â€œIn fact, before he went to [Azam] Tigers we were looking at him as part of our future, but as of now there is nothing official although I can confirm that we are looking at various options.â€
Mpulula, who of late has been linked with moves to big guns such as Big Bullets, Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers, confirmed having met Nkhono but was elusive on the outcome of the meeting.
â€œYes, it is true I met Mr. Nkhono, but I think he should be able to tell you what was agreed during the meeting,â€ said Mpulula.
Escom recently suspended the Charles Manda-led coaching panel that also comprised McDonald Mtetemera and Aubrey Nankhuni and replaced it with senior players Noel Mkandawire, Jacob Ngwira, Chiukepo Msowoya and Kondwani Gawani on a temporary basis.
Escom are currently third from the bottom of the top-flight league.