Nyasa Big Bullets tightening loose ends
TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets regrouped Monday to enhance their preparations for the second leg of the Caf Champions League preliminary round tie against AmaZulu slated for Bingu National Stadium (BNS) on Saturday.
Bullets Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda said the People’s Team would leave Blantyre for Lilongwe Wednesday.
“The team is not relaxing. That is why players started training on Monday to concentrate on preparations. Plans are that the team should leave for Lilongwe on Wednesday to settle in Lilongwe in advance,” he said.
Nyirenda said Bullets would have a feel of BNS on Friday in line with Caf regulations.
“We are following rules and regulations in this competition. Besides that, we can’t train there daily because we want to take care of our stadium so that it should be in good condition,” Nyirenda said.
Bullets beat AmaZulu 1-0 in the first leg last Friday courtesy of Chiukepo Msowoya’s goal at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Friday to have an advantage of progressing to the next round.
Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa was not carried away with the result, indicating that the battle was not yet over as the Usuthu will come hard on them.
“It was a big motivation to win away but we should not just sit down. We need to talk to each other that, really, it is not over until it is over. We went to South Africa to defend but lucky enough we won. I will change the tactical approach during the return match,” Pasuwa said.
Bullets will be without left-back Yamikani Fodya, who was red carded in the first half for a foul.
Fodya was red carded in Durban following a bad tackle on an AmaZulu player, a development that led Bullets to finish with ten men.
The winner between Bullets and AmaZulu will face Democratic Republic of Congo side TP Mazembe.