Nyasa Big Bullets’ destiny is in their own hands when they face Atlabara of South Sudan in Group A Cecafa Kagame Cup match at Azam Complex this afternoon.
This is a must win match for Bullets to automatically qualify for the semifinals of the competition.
Bullets are without a win in this year’s Cecafa Cup after 1-1 draws against Yanga and Express FC in the opening two matches.
However, with a draw Bullets might go through to the semifinals should Yanga lose to Express in another match. Group A is still wide open as all teams have mathematical chances of advancing to the semifinals.
The People’s Team are second in the group with two points from two matches, just two points behind leaders Express FC of Uganda.
Bullets Assistant Coach Peter Mponda is optimistic that his charges will do a good job to get a positive result.
“The next game is a must win for us and I believe the boys can do it,” Mponda said after a 1-1 draw against Express.
Mponda will likely make changes to the starting lineup. Rejuvenated striker Chiukepo Msowoya is expected to lead the front line alongside Babatunde Adepoju.
Captain Chimwemwe Idana, Miracle Gabeya and Hassan Kajoke are potential match winners.
Atlabara, who drew 0-0 against Yanga on Wednesday, have single point from two matches.
The team’s coach Atit Monydeng told journalists that he expects a better performance from his boys in today’s match.
Only two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals. Bullets are using the match as part of preparations for Caf Champions League slated to start in September.
In 2019, Bullets took part in Caf Champions League but were eliminated from the preliminary round after 3-2 loss to FC Platinum of Zimbabwe