WHEN limping giants Nyasa Big Bullets host equally struggling Civil Sporting Club at Kalulu Ground in Nchalo, Chikwawa District today, the People’s Team should not lack inspiration.
An expected partisan crowd driven by anxiety and expectations, a sweet sugar aroma from the sugar factory and more importantly, the presence of play-maker Nelson Kangunje should be enough to inspire Bullets.
After being sent crashing out of the Airtel Top 8 Cup, Bullets hope to finally realise the meaning of scoring and winning when hosting the visitors who emerged from the ashes of Civo United.
Slipping into the red and white strips is enough source of pressure. Going four games without scoring in all competitions should, for the Bullets players, feel like shouldering bags of cement.
“No one else feels more pressure than the players,” Bullets Coach, Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, told the press last week.
The tactician has built the defence evidenced by the small margins of their 1-0 losses to Silver Strikers and Moyale Barracks.
Bullets also drew 0-0 in the other games against Silver and Chitipa United.
But it is the finishing which is problematic for Bullets. Ramadhan has tried upfront the combinations of Muhammad Sulumba and Musa Manyenje, Collen Nkhulambe and Bright Munthali, Sulumba and Munthali but they still cannot score.
Having signed Nelson Kangunje, a box-to-box player and with Fischer Kondowe and Dalitso Sailesi likely to be available, Bullets might find their feet today.
However, it will certainly not be a stroll in the park for Bullets against Civil.
The Franco Ndawa side registered their first win last weekend, beating Blantyre United 1-0 courtesy of Anthony Banda’s goal.
It was Civil’s first win in three games which should give Ndawa confidence going into today’s game.
In the previous league games, Civil lost to Mafco and Masters Security 1-0 and 2-1 respectively.
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