By: Lackson Kanyoza
Barely hours after controversial coach Leo Mpulula stepped down as Max Bullets coach, the team has made a quick response by appointing Patricio Kulemeka as their new coach.
The Former Azam tigers and BT United coach yesterday dumped the Chiradzulu based side over a disagreement with Bullets’ owner Maxwell Kapanda on players’ contracts.
Mpulula said that it improper for players to sign a 3-year contract with K100,000 as a signing fee.
“There were 5 players who the technical panel gave them K100,000 as a sign on fee and should sign a contract of over 3 years. I told the technical panel that’s not justice.
At least, each player should sign a 1-year contract and renew the contract if we survive in the Super League due to the financial woes facing the team. How can a player sign a 3-year contract with just K100 thousand?” Wondered Mpulula who also dumped Epac FC over contractual disputes.
It has also been reported that failure by the team’s owner to bring on board some quality players in readiness for the new season angered Mpulula who made it clear that he doesn’t want to see the team getting the chop in the debut season.
But soon after his resignation, Max Bullets chairman Gilton Chakhaza has confirmed that the team has hope in the former Surestream Academy director Patricio Kulemeka.
“Since Mpulula has left now we have acquired the services of Mr Kulemeka to be the head coach,” said Chakhaza.
Kulemeka’s appointment comes with over just a week before the 2016-2017 Premier Super League (PSL) season kicks off.
Max Bullets secured promotion into the TNM Super League after emerging champions of the
Southern Region Football Association League.