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Big Bullets reloaded

For AmaZulu battle

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Kalisto Pasuwa

Nyasa Big Bullets and AmaZulu have date of their own destiny when they clash in preliminary round return leg of the Caf Champions League at Bingu National Stadium this afternoon.

Bullets showed an indomitable spirit and great character in the first leg to claim a famous 1-0 victory over AmaZulu courtesy of Chiukepo Msowoya’s goal at Moses Mabhida Stadium last week.

Buoyed by playing at home but without fans, Bullets might be reloaded and will go flat out with guns blazing to finish off AmaZulu.

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This is a swim or sink clash but Bullets have an advantage as they just need a draw to progress to the next round.

Probably, Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa will be hoping that his troops will show the same character they displayed in the first leg.

As it stands, the battle is not over yet as AmaZulu still have chances of overturning the tables.

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However, it is an uphill task for AmaZulu, who wasted several scoring chances at home.

Just like in the first leg, Benni McCarthy and his troops will likely take the game to Bullets, hoping to get an important win.

Despite having a 1-0 advantage, Pasuwa told his players not to sit on their laurels.

“It is very important for the team to arrive early for Saturday match. The boys need to adapt to this weather pattern in Lilongwe which is different to Blantyre,” Pasuwa told Bullets media.

Pasuwa has received a big boost following the return of striker Hassan Kajoke who missed the first leg due to injury.

The Zimbabwean told the club’s website that strikers Msowoya and Babatunde Adepoju, who had knocks in the first leg, were still being assessed as of Friday.

However, Pasuwa has several options upfront including experienced Zicco Mkanda, Misheck Selemani and Lanjesi Nkhoma.

At the back, Sankhani Mkandawire is expected to lead defence alongside Miracle Gabeya, Nixon Nyasulu and Gomezgani Chirwa.

However, Yamikani Fodya is suspended for the match after a red card in the first leg.

Bullets Captain Chimwemwe Idana and Chimango Kaira will likely keep their places in the starting line-up.

On the other hand, AmaZulu will be without Flames captain Limbikani Mzava after he was dropped from the squad.

McCarthy will likely keep faith in Veli Mothwa in goals whereas Philani Zulu, Terdious Malepe, Tapelo Xoki and Kgotso Moleko will be at the back.

But the former Bafana Bafana star might also make changes to the starting line-up.

McCarthy said his side lacked desire to win the first leg.

“Now we have to go to the jungle, to a very difficult place, and overturn losing at home. To win away in Africa, not many teams do that,” he was quoted as saying on Phakaathi after the loss to Bullets.

The winner between Bullets and AmaZulu will face Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) giants TP Mazembe in the first round.

For the past two editions, Bullets have failed to go past the preliminary round.

In 2018, Bullets exited the competition after a 4-3 post-match penalty loss to Gor Mahia of Kenya after 1-1 stalemate on aggregate.

Bullets also lost 3-2 to FC Platinum of Zimbabwe in 2019.

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