Nyasa Big Bullets should go into Sunday’s crunch Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League match against FC Platinum believing that a win is possible due to the erratic form of the Zimbabwe champions.
Bullets warmed up for the Champions League match by trouncing hosts Dwangwa United 3-1 in a TNM Super League match on Saturday while Platinum lost 2-0 to Triangle United in a Zimbabwe Castle Premier Soccer League encounter on Sunday.
Bullets, who wound up the Super League first round on 29 points from 15 games, need any scoring draw in the preliminary round match to qualify for the first round.
However, Platinum succumbed to Collins Dhuwa and Praise Tonha goals for Triangle whereas William Stima missed a penalty for the Zimbabwe champions.
Platinum Coach, Norman Mapeza, is quoted by The Herald newspaper as saying he was disappointed with the manner of their loss.
“It was terrible; we gave away two soft goals. The first half was full of errors. We got a penalty, had better opportunities, we missed and we conceded two goals in five minutes.
“We need to regroup, soldier on, the core of the team is not here. We have lots of new faces and we are still trying new combinations. We will try to get a result on Sunday against Nyasa Bullets and see how it progresses,” he is quoted as saying.
Despite the loss, Platinum lead the log table with 35 points from 19 games, a point ahead of second-placed Caps United.
Bullets Coach, Kallisto Pasuwa, told the media after the 0-0 home draw with Platinum that his charges would go flat out to attack in the away encounter.
Malawi’s ambassadors in the Caf Confederation Cup, Masters Security, host Proline FC of Uganda in a return leg preliminary round match at Bingu National Stadium also on Sunday.
Masters, who lost 3-0 to Civil Sporting Club, have a mountain to climb as they went down 3-0 to Proline in Kampala, where Ivan Bogere scored a hat-trick for the hosts.
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