TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets coach Kalitso Pasuwa is unsure if three youngsters have recovered from jet-lag to be considered for this afternoon’s game against Ekwendeni Hammers at Kamuzu Stadium.
Pasuwa made the remarks in relation to defenders Hadji Wali, Kesten Simbi and midfielder Patrick Mwaungulu who were part of the Malawi Under-23 National Football Team that was in Turkey on an international friendly tour.
Their teammate defender-cum-midfielder Blessings Mpokera has remained in Istanbul to undergo trials.
Pasuwa said he needed to tread carefully before featuring the players who were in Turkey.
“We are rebuilding our team and some of these boys were in the starting line-up. That’s the best of the team. And now their recovery time is short but will see how best we select the team that will face Ekwendeni,” Pasuwa said.
The trio was expected to arrive in the country yesterday.
However, Pasuwa, feels winning back-to-back games was crucial to stay in title contention.
Hammers coach Etson Kadenge Mwafulirwa admitted it would be a daunting task to stop Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium having lost both games last season at home 1-0 and away 2-0.
“We are here for a win. We know Bullets are the defending champions and we will be more careful when facing them,” Mwafulirwa said.
This season, Bullets have played a single game in which they defeated arch rivals Mighty Wanderers 2-1, courtesy of Chimwemwe Idana and Anthony Mfune goals.
Hammers are third on the log table having played two games to collect four points.
In another game, Super League leaders Blue Eagles will face Moyale Barracks today at Mzuzu Stadium.
Eagles top the table with six points and winning against Moyale will prove that they are consistent.
However, Eagles coach Eliya Kananji warned his charges against complacency.
“Moyale always play a physical game and we have looked into that. We want to keep our record by winning in Mzuzu,” Kananji said.
Moyale have got three points and are on 11th position.
Meanwhile, the match between Mafco and Red Lions has been shifted to Civo Stadium in Lilongwe from Chitowe Stadium in Nkhotakota.
This follows an impassable road to Chitowe in Dwangwa as rains have cut one of the bridges.