Eight Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve players have been invited for trials with the main side ahead of the 2022 TNM Super League season.
So far, seven youngsters from the reserve side, including Flames Under-20 starlet Patrick Mwaungulu, have started training with the main team.
Another notable face at Bullets is defender Hadji Wali who was offloaded at Silver Strikers.
Bullets Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said it was not automatic that the eight will be promoted to the senior side.
“The technical panel will have a final say on who to sign depending on the performance during the trials,” Chigoga said.
He also said more reserve side players will be considered for trials while Wali must equally prove his prowess to be offered a contract.
“We are still preparing for the new season and there are more players who will come for assessment. As for Haji Wali he is also being assessed,” he said.
Eight players that have been called for trials with the main team are Mwaungulu, White Kasiteni, Sydney Chabulika, Kesiteni Simbi, David Saudi, Thomas Magombo, Frank Willard and Innocent Msowoya, a cousin to offloaded Chiukepo Msowoya.
Mwaungulu, who reportedly secured an overseas deal, is still around and if he stays he will likely be part of the main team.
Currently, Frank Willard is the only player who is yet to report for the trials.
Bullets are planning to beef up the squad having released eight players including Chiukepo, Zicco Mkanda, Bright Munthali, Nelson Kangunje, Dalitso Sailesi, Chimango Kayira, Pilirani Zonda and Sankhani Mkandawire following the expiry of their contracts.
Meanwhile, Bullets Reserve Head Coach Enos Chatama said he has already identified replacements for all the players.
“We have players in place waiting for their chance. Even if all of them make the grade, we will still have a strong team. Next season we will remain a force to reckon with in the league,” Chatama said.
Bullets regrouped on Tuesday.
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