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Nyasa Big Bullets international tournament set to return

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Albert Chigoga

Nyasa Big Bullets have disclosed plans to host an international tournament involving four teams in March next year.

Bullets staged a similar competition in 2020 which involved their bitter rivals Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, Chicken Inn of Zimbabwe and Mozambique’s Ferroviário de Nampula.

Chief Administration Officer for the People’s Team Albert Chigoga said three teams have confirmed about their availability.

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“Two teams from Mozambique and one from Zimbabwe have already hinted at their availability. We are currently in talks with one of the country’s big teams so that it should also be part of this great event.

“The discussions are at an advanced stage and we remain hopeful of a positive outcome. We are bringing in totally different teams from the ones that participated in the 2019 tournament,” Chigoga said.

However, inside sources indicate that newly crowned Mocambola League champions UD Songo and Zimbabwe’s Dynamos have been earmarked for the tournament while either Wanderers or Silver Strikers will be considered for the last slot.

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Sports analyst Isaac Kamanga commended Bullets for the initiative but asked the People’s Team to consider inviting West African teams in the future or turn the tournament into a six-nation event.

“This is the way to go. These matches are very important as they help teams assess their squads before a season kicks off. It is also a revenue generating activity for the hosts if well marketed.

“Players also get the much-needed international exposure which helps them during continental club matches. If Bullets are really serious about progressing beyond the preliminary stage of the Caf Champions League, these are the matches to play,” Kamanga said.

Bullets successfully defended the TNM Super League for the fourth successive season and also won the FDH Bank Cup for the first time.

The champions will meet Wanderers in the final of the Airtel Top 8 Cup at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.

However, Bullets have failed to transfer their local success to continental football where they have been getting booted out in the preliminary round.

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