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Franco Ndawa given treble target

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TNM Super League defending champions, Nyasa Big Bullets, have given Coach Franco Ndawa a seemingly unrealistic target of a minimum of two major cups and a league championship this season.

The People’s Team started the league campaign on a low note when they drew 0-0 against Moyale Barracks at Kamuzu Stadium last Saturday.

Bullets Acting-General Secretary, Kelvin Moyo, confirmed the target Thursday.

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“He has a performance-based contract. He has been given a target to win two cups and defend the league championship. Ndawa has vast experience and we believe that he has the qualities to bring success to Bullets,” Moyo said.

Apart from the league, Bullets will be fighting for Carlsberg, Presidential and Fisd cups.

Last season, Bullets only won the league title while also reaching Carlsberg Cup final and Standard Bank Knock-Out Trophy semifinal.

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Under Ndawa, Bullets have since won a pre-season Chifundo Charity Shield, which does not qualify for the targets.

Ndawa said yesterday he was not under pressure to deliver the goods for the People’s Team.

“At the moment, my focus is on the next game against Red Lions on Sunday. We just need to be focused as a team and definitely, we will do well,” the former Azam Tigers and Be Forward Wanderers coach said.

However, Bullets senior player, Fischer Kondowe, advised the team’s management to set the targets on the players.

“It all goes down to the players. They have bought the best players, so it is up to us to deliver the goods. The new players have to prove that they are better than us. Management should not pile the pressure on the coach,” Kondowe explained.

Meanwhile, Bullets have disclosed that they are hoping to take part in 2017 Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League.

Bullets last participated in the continental competition last year, which left them in huge debts.

Moyo said their sponsor, Nyasa Manufacturing Company, has assured them of Champions League participation if they do well on and off the pitch.

“They are willing to invest resources so that we participate in the competition, but we have to exercise caution on how we manage the sponsorship,” Moyo said.

Last year, Bullets rivals, Wanderers also disclosed that they were eyeing the 2017 Caf Champions League participation. Wanderers last participated in the continental club championship in the 1999.

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