By Mphatso Malidadi:
Nyasa Big Bullets have backed under-fire Coach Kallisto Pasuwa and his players following demonstrations by irate supporters after the team’s 2-2 draw with Savenda Chitipa United.
The TNM Super League match played at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday was Bullets’ third draw this season after earlier stalemates against Mighty Tigers and Mzuni.
Bullets management has instead called for calm and patience among supporters, saying the title race was still wide open.
Chief administration officer for the People’s Team, Albert Chigoga, said, while the club sympathises with the supporters, they should not pile pressure on Pasuwa and the players.
“We understand the reaction of the supporters because Bullets is a team associated with wins. Every time we are playing games, our supporters want us to collect maximum points. They expect us to only draw with teams that are title contenders.
“Football is a game of emotions and we understand their emotions and discontentment with the performance of the team on this particular day. But I think it is not wise to start pointing fingers at individuals. It is not necessary for us to put players under unnecessary pressure,” Chigoga said.
Nevertheless, Chigoga said the team needed to rediscover its winning formula quickly and start collecting maximum points to remain in title contention.
“We cannot go on like this. It is a situation we can solve collectively. It is not a crisis and we are not heading in that direction. This is not the right time for us to start piling pressure on the technical panel.
“We have systems in place for dealing with such cases. We cannot expose our coach to public discourse. We need to be sober and patient enough so that if there are ways to solve these problems, we should find them as one team,” he said.
Bullets are fifth on the log table, having won four matches, drawn thrice and lost once to amass 15 points from eight games.
However, Chigoga said it was not the right time to expose their players and coaches to pressure as Bullets still had seven games before winding up the first round.
Bullet players were booed and stopped from boarding the team’s bus when the side blew away a two-goal lead to draw with strugglers Chitipa.
Some supporters bayed for Pasuwa’s blood, questioning the composition of his starting line-up and substitutions.
The Zimbabwean was employed by Bullets towards the end of last season after the sacking of Rodgers Yasini.