Nyasa Big Bullets will begin their Airtel Top 8 Cup defence when they face familiar but resilient opponents Karonga United at Kamuzu Stadium Saturday afternoon, hoping to claim a treble this season.
Smarting from their first league loss of the season, Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa has called on his charges to improve their performance to boost their chances of retaining the cup.
“We are aware this being a cup game it is not going to be an easy match. We need to score goals and avoid conceding as we have done in recent four or five matches. We need to be solid and attack as well,” he said.
Pasuwa knows that Bullets must make the most of the first leg as Karonga’s Crocodiles are difficult to beat at home and on any day they can cause a major upset.
Karonga Head Coach Christopher Nyambose said it would be difficult to stop Bullets at home.
“We are fully aware that nobody is giving us any chances because Bullets are at home. We have a secret winning formula which I can’t disclose now. If we can’t finish it off here then a draw will do,” he said.
Karonga will be without attacker Gift Kasambara, who is attending family issues, but the side has enough quality to disturb Bullets.
This year’s winners will pocket K17 million, with the runners up receiving K6 million.
Action will continue Sunday when Mighty Mukuru Wanderers host Mafco at the same venue.
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