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Nyasa Big Bullets, Kalisto Pasuwa agree contract extension

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Albert Chigoga

TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets and Zimbabwean coach Kalisto Pasuwa have agreed to extend their contract until the end of the season.

The deal had expired early this month as negotiations on an extension continued.

Bullets Chief Administrator Albert Chigoga said the club had followed Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) guidance on extension of contracts.

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“There was no football action for a good part of 2020 and we had to seek Fam’s guidance on how to move forward on the matter. Fam guided us accordingly and everything is in place now. Coach Pasuwa has agreed to extend his contract until the end of the season after which we will discuss with him on what happens next,” Chigoga said.

Pasuwa could not be reached for a comment as his mobile phone was not available.

The former Dynamos and Zimbabwe National Football Team coach joined Bullets in 2018 after the firing of Rodgers Yasin and his assistant Eliya Kananji.

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Since joining Bullets, Pasuwa appeared reluctant to sign a long-term contract with reported interest from other teams in his native Zimbabwe and neighbouring Zambia.

In his first year, Pasuwa helped the club to win the Super League title when he took charge in the last few matches of the season.

But the mentor proved his prowess when Bullets successfully defended the title with 70 points, just one point above bitter rivals Mighty Wanderers.

Sports analyst George Kaudza-Masina said Pasuwa prefers short-term deals because they are easy to buy out.

“Long term contracts usually end up with complications when one party wants out. But in this case, Pasuwa has always been playing it safe. Short term deals are good for him as he can easily buy them out,” Kaudza-Masina said.

Bullets have not had a good start to the season as they lie eighth on the log table with 12 points from seven matches, seven points behind leaders Silver Strikers, who have played nine matches.

Pasuwa’s immediate task is to replace two influential youngsters Peter Banda and Mike Mkwate, who recently joined Moldova side FC Sheriff Tiraspol and Polokwane City of South Africa, respectively.

Banda is on a six-month loan deal with an option for a permanent move whereas Mike Mkwate joined Polokwane on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

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