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Blantyre giants unite in sorrow

Sanity has prevailed in Malawi’s commercial city, Blantyre, after rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers were eliminated out from Fisd Challenge Cup.

The two giants are good at mocking each other but following their exit from the K65 million cup, Bullets and Wanderers have now turned their focus to recover from the humiliation.

It all started on Friday, when Wanderers surrendered a goal lead to lose 2-1 to Premier Division side, Hangover United at Kamuzu Stadium.

The following day, it was Bullets’ turn to endure a moment of sadness as they were knocked out of the cup after losing 3-2 to Silver Strikers on post-match penalties.

At Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, Chimwemwe Idana gave the Peoples Team the lead in the 47th minute but Silver equalized through Michael Tete to send the game into post match penalties.

Bullets Coach, Kallisto Pasuwa, expressed concern at the rate Bullets were wasting chances.

“I think it’s evident our decision making in the final third is something which needs to improve. Our composure is something which needs to improve,” the Zimbabwean mentor said.

Pasuwa wondered why Bullets were able to create chances but fail to turn them into goals.

“The difficult part is getting yourself in those positions and we [have] managed to do that in a number of games. Getting ourselves in those goal-scoring situations, but what becomes important is to show composure and be able to lift your head and make the right decisions, something that we haven’t been doing in several matches,” he added.

Pasuwa also bemoaned his side’s tendency of conceding goals, saying it was costing them games.

“If we can’t score more goals then it’s better to defend our slender lead, but we have been conceding in almost each and every match. You can see today [Saturday] that our opponents never showed up but they only created a single chance from which they equalised and in the end we got punished because penalties are unpredictable. So, we must sort out our defence if we are to defend the league, the only trophy in sight for us now,” he said.

The former Zimbabwe national football team coach also issued an apology to Bullets’ Lilongwe-based fans who were yet to celebrate victory whenever the team was playing in the Capital City.

“I must apologize to our Lilongwe fans who have never celebrated victory whenever we are playing here. We are able to win elsewhere but we haven’t won any game in Lilongwe [this season]. I feel sorry for them and I am apologising on behalf of the team and we are hoping to do better next time when we are here,” he said referring to his reign.

Meanwhile, Wanderers Team Manager, Victor Maunde, said the team would bounce back from its two successive defeats.

“Most likely we will not have a league game next weekend. So we are planning at playing a friendly match to rectify our problems and rediscover our confidence,” he said.

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