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.

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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.
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“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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