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It’s good preparation for CAF Champions League – Pasuwa on Yanga match

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FCB Nyasa Big Bullets head coach is convinced playing Young Africans is good preparation for the forthcoming CAF Champions League.

The People’s Team will face the Tanzanian champions in an international friendly match at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Thursday as Malawi commemorates her 59th Independence Anniversary.

“It’s an opportunity indeed for us [as we’re expected to play in the CAF Champions League this summer],” Pasuwa told the media Wednesday afternoon after the team’s training session in Lilongwe.

“Remember, we have a lot of youngsters coming into the system. They also need to see how the Champions League or even Confederation Cup is played because our opponents were playing in international games [recently]. They are a seasoned team that our boys can also learn and take one or two things out of.

“Yes, we have some experienced guys, but [we] also need to see it from the other side. When we came [here in Lilongwe], playing Simba, it was a competitive game where to most of the guys was the first time and I think this will be good for them to feel the heat of [international matches],” he explained.

The international friendly game has been scheduled amid the TNM Super League, with Bullets set to play Blue Eagles back in Blantyre on Sunday and Pasuwa commented:

“As coaches, we also learn every day. Getting this game will also make us take one or two things to improve when we are playing our league matches [locally]. The games are coming thick and thin, and I hope we can manage well when we play Yanga.”

Bullets have arrived safely in Lilongwe for their friendly match against Yanga S.C. as part of Malawi’s 59th Independence Day Celebrations at Bingu National Stadium on Thursday.

The People’s Team has travelled to the capital without several players due to injuries and national team engagements.

On Tuesday, Pasuwa revealed to club media that Clyde Senaji, Stanley Billiat, Mike Mkwate, Nickson Nyasulu and Ernest Petro will not be part of the team against the Tanzanian champions as well as on Sunday when we host Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium.

The Malawi champions will also be without Lanjesi Nkhoma, Alick Lungu, Frank Willard and Patrick Mwaungulu who are with the Malawi National Football Team in South Africa for the forthcoming COSAFA Cup that kicked off on Tuesday.

Thursday’s match will be our second meeting against the Tanzanian Premier League champions in two years, having faced them in the CECAFA Challenge Cup in Tanzania in August 2021 when we drew 1-1 in Dar es Salaam through Junior Waziri, who scored in the 8th minute before Chiukepo Msowoya levelled for us in the 30th minute.

Yanga successfully retained the Tanzanian Premiership with 78 points from 30 games.

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