Match Preview: Ntopwa vs Nyasa Big Bullets


Nyasa Big Bullets will be chasing full three points as they target top position for the first time this season when they play Ntopwa FC at Kamuzu Stadium in the TNM Super League on Wednesday afternoon.

The People’s Team has not been on top of the standings this season, but Kalisto Pasuwa’s men have a chance to go top with a win against the relegation threatened side, to take the tally to 42 points.

Fresh from two consecutive wins over Ekwendeni Hammers and Mighty Tigers,  the 14-time league winners will hope for continuity to pile more pressure on fellow title contenders, Silver Strikers.

A look at the previous match in the first round, the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at the same venue and this means Bullets must go all out for the kill.

Head coach Kalisto Pasuwa says he is very much aware of the threat posed by the Amagheto Kids, but his players are geared up for the task ahead.

“As Bullets we don’t change the way we have been training. We prepare the same way we do whenever playing any other team in the league. Yes of course we might have changes according to the teams we are playing against, but so far the boys have been training very well and we hope that they will give us a good performance on Wednesday.

“We have been advising them not to look at teams, we need to put everything in order for us to be winning games and I think they are ready based on how they have responded  during the final session we had on Tuesday,” he told Club media.

Sharing his thoughts about the first round match, Pasuwa said his side never struggled but accepted the result as it was.

“The game ended up 1-1 and as coaches, we take results as they come. In every match, we play for three points and if it happens to have a point, we take it as it is because that’s football and we have areas that we are polishing up and we are very hopeful that tomorrow we will do our corrections in order for us to collect the three points,” explained.

The defending champions are unbeaten at Kamuzu Stadium in the current campaign, however the Bullets mentor said his focus was on points rather than history, which can always be broken.

“History can be broken, but as a team we wouldn’t want that to happen on us, but again the focus which we have is on winning games as we eye another title.”

The mentor also gave an update on injuries and he disclosed that “We don’t have any recoveries and those that were injured last time are still recovering and I hope that the guys that will be chosen to play on Wednesday will give us results”.

In previous encounters, Bullets have two wins and one draw over the Bangwe-based side that is winless since January and sits third from bottom in the standings, with 15 points from 19 games.

In the 2019 season, Bullets registered a 3-0 victory in the first round before completing a double with a 2-1 win over the Amagheto Kids.

In the first-round, The Peoples Team scored in the dying minutes of the match through Hassan Kajoke to cancel out Hendrix Misinde’s first-half strike to salvage a point during the home fixture.

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