Burundi coach Nsanzurwimo eyes Malawi’s Civo United

Former Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers coach, Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan has expressed interest to take over troubled sleeping giants Civo United.

The team is languishing in the bottom four of the 15-team league having won one game and one draw from six games played in the TNM Super League so far.

Civo United General Secretary Rashid Ntelera confirmed to Nyasa Times that the Burundian national had held informal talks with the team over the issue.

Ntelera, however, did not rule out the possibility of engaging Ramadhan if the situation at Civo would get out of hand.

Ramadhan Nsanzurwimo: To return to Malawi
Ramadhan Nsanzurwimo: To return to Malawi

“I have been in touch with him but there is nothing official,” Ntelera said.

“Maybe the fact that we are not doing well has aroused his interest in the team. However we have contractual obligations with the current coach Thom Nkorongo. But when the situation demands he should be considererd because he is a good coach with a good track record,” Ntelera said.

“We don’t want to find ourselves in a situation whereby we will be fighting for our very survival in the league.”

But the Civo official also disclosed that the club would give Nkorongo a chance after the club got his side of the story when they summoned him for a meeting.

“We called the coach and he told us that among other reasons he is burdened because we have not yet given him an assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer as he had requested,” he said.

“We have given him a benefit of doubt because we are in the process of recruiting an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach.”

He said the players also said that some of the players who had left the club to train with other clubs during pre-season had affected the coordination of the team.

The Burundian coach, who is based in South Africa, said he was willing to take up the challenge.

“Civo is a good team and if the offer comes my side I am ready to take the challenge,” Ramadhan said  through internet video interview with Nyasa Times.

Ramadhan came to Malawi in 1997 from Kiyovu FC of Rwanda.

He left Malawi in 2002 for Mauritius and after one season joined Botswana’s Township Rollers.

After Botswana one of his memorable achievement is when he led  Amazulu to the South Africa’s top flight league PSL from National First Division.

He also once worked with Malawi national team during the time he was in Malawi.

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