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Pasuwa: We’re tired but need to soldier on

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FCB Nyasa Big Bullets head coach Kalisto Pasuwa has admitted his charges are showing signs of fatigue after they struggled to beat Mighty Tigers in the TNM Super League at Kamuzu Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

The People’s Team needed Yamikani Fodya’s 88th-minute spot kick to claim all the points and move top of the table.

In his reaction after the match, Pasuwa said his Bullets lacked pace and could not attack with intent because of exhaustion.

“It was a game where we looked tired. We couldn’t change the pace in the attacking third. At times, instead of playing with tempo, we slowed down, and we couldn’t do it. If you can’t change pace in the attacking third, you cannot create scoring chances.

“We are tired but we need to soldier on. The good thing is, we managed to get the points, and we look forward to the next game,” he told journalists.

The tactician also revealed that he couldn’t talk much to the players at half-time because he considered their tiredness as the main reason why they didn’t play their usual game against Kau Kau.

“As much as I would want to talk much at half-time in the dressing room, I should also consider the fatigue that has hit the boys hence trying to rotate them so that we can use some of the players that haven’t been playing.

“We told them to press on, keep possession and it was just very unfortunate that we couldn’t score from the few chances that we created but we kept on pushing them until we got that penalty from which we scored,” explained Pasuwa.

Thursday’s win over Tigers took Bullets to the summit of the table with 40 points from 19 games, with Wanderers sitting second with the same number of points, but have scored ten goals less than The People’s Team from 21 games.

Maule, who are seeking a fifth successive TNM Super League championship and a second FDH Bank Cup this term, are the only Malawian club currently involved in three competitions, two on the domestic scene and the CAF Champions League.

Bullets went into Thursday’s tie against Tigers coming from a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Democratic Republic of Congo champions TP Mazembe in Lilongwe last Sunday, 17 days after facing Civil Service United in a TNM Super League fixture played 72 hours after facing Dragon FC of Equatorial Guinea in the first preliminary round second leg of the continental competition.

Pasuwa’s men will switch their focus to the FDH Bank Cup semifinal showdown against Dedza Dynamos at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday, before hosting Bangwe All Stars in the TNM Super League on Wednesday then travel to DRC for the CAF Champions League second leg tie against TP Mazembe.

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