Bullets coach Kananji resigns over salary

Malawi champions Bullets FC continue to make headlines for the wrong reasons with the resignation of title winning coach Elia Kananji.

Kananji: Dumps Bullets

Kananji: Dumps Bullets

Kananji confirmed to Nyasa Times of his resignation.

The coach, who has led the People’s Tea, to break their title jinx in nine year capped it with double after winning Carlsberg Cup said he wanted the Bullets to reconsider his pay package.

“I wanted Bullets to consider my package because I have a family to look after. What is the point of working for such a big club when I can’t afford to bring food on the table?” he said.

He insisted that his decision had nothing to do with his falling down on the perking order in the coaching panel from head coach to third in the line of duty.

“I have passion for Bullets and that’s why I did not complain when I was demoted,” he said.

“If it was anything to do with the coaching panel reshuffle then I could have done this long time ago. But I was giving a chance for dialogue to resolve my issue which has unfortunately failed.”

However the soft-spoken coach said he could rescind his decision should Bullets address his concern.

“I am ready to come back to work for the team if they will offer me what I am looking for,” he said.

Bullets outspoken Chairman Kondie Msungama confirmed of Kananji’s resignation and tongue in cheek said the club could afford to pay what he is looking for.

Msungama said he was surprised that Kananji did not complain when he was offered the deal last season.

“Bullets have no steady income of raising money to pay players and coaches. What we get from the gates cannot help run the club. It is the officials who are doing everything possible to ensure that they raise money for the operations of the team,” Msungama said.

“So we cannot manage to pay him.”

Inside sources said Kananji demanded an increase of his basic salary of K50,000 to K200,000 a month.

His demand for the salary increase comes in the wake of Bullets recruitment of Burundian coach Nsanzarwimo Ramadhan who was offered salary in the region of K1 million per month.

Ramadhan was appointed head coach with Lloyd Nkhwazi as first assistant coach and Kananji second assistant coach.

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Tipafufuze bwino pamenepa. How come Bullets can afford to pay !,000,000 to Ramadani and yet they cant afford to pay K200,000 to a fellow Malawian who streed the team to glory. Amsungama mulilira kuutsitu apa.

Poor Malawi

Mk50pin basic salary is indeed a mockery to a big team like BB. What a huge gap: K1000000-K50000=K950,000.

Take PAYE approximately @20%=K50000*0.2=K10000. Net pay:K50000-K10000 =K40,000.

Basic needs: housing, food, electricity, water, charcoal, transport.

Will our coach have anything left for airtyme, drink, new trouser & shirt. Will our coach save anyything for his future?

mangochi Kabwafu

Did you say 50,000? what a joke. That’s less than 100 pounds, less than the money I make in a day


mu refugee uyu 1Mita mzanthu uyu .05 mita nde kuti chani. Imwe waMalawi muzakondana liti kasi?


Mmm Bullets Excutive,think about it K50 000 its nothing competely and its a joke.This guy Kananji is gud try to offer him even Mk200 000

Kenneth chikhadzula

50 grand was just a peanut, xools fees, groceries, cloths and some basic needs imachoka pompo?, kakakakakakaka this is not serious


we are killing our own game,why are we failing to turn ourselves into a production something?the same service we can get for 5months,we want to pay it in 2days!why Malawians we do not LOVE one another…..another spell on the making …….i cry my beloved sport.


k50,000.00 only amenewo timati masanje .Chifukwa ndiwe mMalawi koma akunja ndiye azilandila zambili ntchito yomweyomwe.Ai ataye anthu osayamika ngati amenewo ngakhale ndi team yanga.Moreover K200,000.00 kwacha yonso yachepabe molingana ndi mmene Bullets ilili panopa.Ndi ma champion chifukwa cha iwo ma player mothandizidwa ndi coach.


koma izi ndiye zachibwana ka k50000 ndikachani?

Mathewz kaleso

Guyz k50,000?do u think he can manage to feed his family with this little money?Kananji, don’t look back this is not church work,it is peoples team how can they pay such furken cash to coach?very shame.

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