BB confirm Kananji as new manager, assistance coach: Lipipa says Mabvuto Lungu, Sanudi. Ishmael  sacked on ‘disciplinary issues’

Former Nyasa Big Bullets coach Elia Kananji, who went to coach rivals Be Forward Wanderers before he was sacked this year,  has been officially confirmed as team manager for Bullets and will be doubling as assiatnt coach to Lloyd Nkhwazi.

Fired tacticians of Bullets , Raheem Ishmael and Mabvuto Lungu (from the left) with Head Coachwho keeps his job (right) Lloyd Nkhwazi
Bullets returnee coach Elijah Kananji

Hereplaces assistant coach Mabvuto Lungu and  team manager Rahim Ishmael who were fired together with goalkeeper trainer Swadick Sanudi.

Kananji has been picked  after the players rejected the appointment of James Chilapondwa and Chiku Kanyenda as team manager and assistant team manager respectively.

“I am pleased to be back in the technical panel of this giant club. I will give everything to help Bullets achieve sustained success,” Kananji told Nyasa Times.

The move secures a rapid return to the coaching frontline for Kananji, who was sacked by Wanderers earlier this year. He had joined Wanderers from Bullets.

He has a remarkable record of success, winning league title with Bullets, Carlsberg Cup with both Bullets and  Wanderers .

Meanwhile, Bullets chairperson Noel Lipipa has said the club fired Lungu, Sanudi and Ishmael  on serious disciplinary issues.

“This issue dates back to a couple of months ago when the current executive committee had just been ushered in.

“There were serious allegations that were levelled against some members of the technical panel, including demanding kickbacks from the players in return for game time, failure to account for deducted allowances, undermining the authority of the head coach [Lloyd Nkhwazi] and negative attitude towards some players

“When I got these reports sometime back, I did not act, instead I engaged the technical panel members individually and asked them to change their conduct. But a meeting which I had with the players yesterday [Wednesday] exposed and confirmed the rot that has been there behind the scenes and we had to act,” Lipipa is quoted as saying in The Nation.

Lipipa said the trio has been relieved of its duties and will be paid a month’s salary each in accordance with their contracts.

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7 years ago


Binnwell Kachikopa
7 years ago

Lero pa 31 December ndi pa new year mupangaso sack enawotu, simunati!

7 years ago

Mavuto ndiye uzitani? Bwanji osazipanga upgrade ku Chanco, LUARNAR, Poly. Za management yampira zakukanikani. Vuto la ena osewera mpira akale amaona ngati akhonza kukhala coach. Ndizinthu ziwiri zosiyana. Makosana achichepere amasiku ano limbikirani sukulu basi. Mukaphunzira ndikumagwira ntchito yolozeka, mpira muzapanga ngati part time. Mukuziwa kuti simudalira mpira. Ma player akale ambiri amaoneka ovutika lero chifukwa sukulu sanapange yolongosoka. Ma player ochenjera analimbikira sukulu lero ndimabwana amayenda ndi mdidi

7 years ago

Sometimes when making decisions u should think that some of us are diehard supporters and sucking rahim is not a gud1

peter siwombo
peter siwombo
7 years ago

poor bullets decision….why removing a good team manager like Rahim??? I regard him as one of the good managers so far in Malawi apart from Gabbie CHIRWA of blue eagles and somehow Mr Madeira….

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