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Bullets budget K130 million for Caf tie against Simba SC

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Suzgo Nyirenda

TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets have budgeted K130 million for their Caf Champions League preliminary round ties against Tanzania giants Simba SC.

Bullets meet Simba at Bingu National Stadium on Saturday before the return leg, a week later.

Bullets Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda said the amount includes return air tickets, accommodation, food and logistics for hosting Simba.

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“We are expected to spend big on the team and also hosting the officiating crew,” he said.

Nyirenda said the Peoples Team will generate income through broadcasting rights.

Bullets will relocate to Lilongwe Wednesday and they will travel to Tanzania from the Capital City.

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Meanwhile, Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said they were hoping to generate about K90 million through gate collections.

“We have intensified ticket sales in some strategic positions across the country. We are encouraging our supporters and the football fraternity to watch the match in large numbers,” he said.

Bullets have, for the past three years, been knocked out in the preliminary stage of the Caf Champions League and are itching for a better result against Simba.

Last year, the People’s Team exited the competition on 3-2 aggregate loss to Amazulu of South Africa. Bullets won the first leg in Durban 1-0 but lost 3-1 at Bingu National Stadium.

In 2019, they lost by a similar margin to FC Platinum of Zimbabwe on aggregate whereas they were knocked out of the 2018 competition by Kenyan side Gor Mahia 4-3 on post-match penalties after 1-1 on aggregate.

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