Kalisto Pasuwa says it’s not yet time for FCB Nyasa Big Bullets to get comfortable despite opening a three-point gap at the top of the TNM Super League table with two games in hand and seven to fulfil before wrapping up the campaign.
The defending champions, who have played 22 games and remain with eight, are top of the standings with 50 points, three above second-placed and rivals Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, who have played 25 games and will face Dedza Dynamos away in Dedza this afternoon.
Bullets, eyeing a fifth successive TNM Super League championship, have recorded 13 wins, eight draws and a single loss this campaign.
At the Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Pasuwa’s men registered a 2-0 victory through Collins Okumu and Lanjesi Nkhoma’s strikes over Chitipa United, a side that handed them their only loss so far in this campaign away in the North in the first leg.
Providing his reaction following the win against the fourth-placed Chitipa to open the three-point lead at the summit of the table with two games in hand, Pasuwa said he will not get comfortable until the race is over.
“I am not yet comfortable enough because I am still struggling to see how I can manage my squad. We are having injuries in each and every game. So, I am fully focusing on managing the players rather than the race because we still have a long way to go before wrapping up the season,” he stated.
In his post-match analysis of Saturday’s encounter, Pasuwa was impressed with how Bullets played according to instructions and gave a spirited performance against a side that has performed well in the current season.
“Remember, we have been travelling a lot, so we wanted to start with high intensity so that we get early goals and slow the pace down. Fortunately, they played according to the instructions and scored the two quick goals that we were looking for. Then, we started managing the game and got all the points,” he explained.
“We started on a high, and it was very unfortunate that we couldn’t score in the first minute when we attacked. As the game progressed, we found our feet, and we scored our goals. In the second half, it was a matter of managing it because the boys were tired, so we had to slow the game down to match our opponents.”
Next on the menu for Bullets is another TNM Super League midweek fixture at home against Kamuzu Barracks on Wednesday.