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Big Bullets target 3 for Caf preparations

By Mphatso Sam:

TNM Super League leaders Nyasa Big Bullets are targeting three foreign clubs for friendlies ahead of their return to the Caf Champions League.

Bullets Chief Executive Officer Fleetwood Haiya said the clubs are Zesco United of Zambia, South African’s Platinum Stars and Tanzanian side Simba.

Haiya said Bullets will commence their Champions League preparations Saturday against JKU FC of Zanzibar with the three friendlies set for next month.

“There is money set aside for the team to travel to South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We would like to prepare thoroughly for this big competition so that we excel.

“We will maintain the current squad. We may beef it up with four players from the reserve side who have been identified. But we have the players to take us to continental football glory,” he said.

According to Haiya, Saturday’s match will help to keep the team active as it has no league or cup game this weekend because several of its players are in Cameroon with the Flames.

“We are always mindful of the fact that we are playing in the Caf Champions League, hence the need to put all measures in place for the team to go far. We are not going there to participate but to compete.

“JKU FC will also be in the Champions League this season. They were also there last year and we believe they will teach us something. We have to be meeting teams that have played in the continental competition before,” he said.

Bullets were the first Malawian club to join the Champions League in 1975. The club followed up with participations in 1997, 1998, 2004 and 2015.

The People’s Team had a fairy-tale run in the 2004 edition of the continental showpiece with a last eight finish.—Mana

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