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Host Simba in Caf Champions League opener

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CAUTIOUS—Pasuwa

Domestic football giants Nyasa Big Bullets face a stern test when hosting Simba FC in the first leg of Caf Champions League at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe this afternoon.

This is an important match for Bullets but they will need to dig deeper into their energy and tactical reservoir to get a positive result against the perpetual Caf Champions League campaigners.

Buoyed by playing at home, Bullets will likely go guns blazing hoping to finish their opponents in the first leg before a return leg a week later in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

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Bullets have been enjoying a rich vein of form in domestic competitions as season.

However, the demands of international football are completely different, so Bullets should exercise caution against Simba who have a good squad.

On the other hand, Simba have been inconsistent in the early stages of the Tanzania Premier League having won two matches, two draws and one loss.

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Additionally, they lost two friendlies.

Bullets and Simba met in a friendly in 2018 which ended goal-less in Tanzania.

The People’s Team coach Kalitso Pasuwa was brimming with confidence ahead of the match.

“We know that Simba are a very good team and we respect them. But we also want to create a name in the Southern Africa that we are also a good team.

“In football, home advantage does not matter most but how you approach the game. It is good that we will start at home unlike last year,” he said.

Pasuwa has assembled a good squad comprising experienced and young players.

The Zimbabwean, who has failed to lead Bullets beyond the first round, is expected to feature Clever Mkungula or Richard Chimbamba in goals.

At the back, John Lanjesi is likely to lead defence alongside Hadji Wali, Gomezgani Chirwa and Precious Sambani.

Captain Chimwemwe Idana, Precious Phiri, Patrick Mwaungulu and Henry Kabichi will likely be at the hub of the team.

Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju and Hassan Kajoke have been earmarked to start upfront.

For Simba, there might be renewed hope in their camp following the appointment of Juma Mgunda as interim coach. They have travelled with a strong squad.

Flames attacking midfielder Peter Banda will be on the spotlight as he faces his former club.

Pape Ousmane Sakho, John Bocco, Sadio Kanoute, Clatous Chama and Mohamed Hussien are also in the squad to face Bullets this afternoon.

Since 2015, Bullets have failed to go past the first round of the competition.

Last year, they exited the competition following 3-2 loss on aggregate to DStv Premiership side Amazulu.

In 2019, they lost to Zimbabwean side FC Platinum by the similar margin at the same stage.

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