Silver is beatable, says Bullets coach

Written by  Yamikani Simutowe

Nyasa Big Bullets, widely known as the People's Team, have failed to score a goal in three competitive games this season after being restricted to a barren draw and 0-1 defeat to Chitipa United and Moyale Barracks in Super League, respectively.

Tikumwa Kuwawa: Bullets FC fans Tikumwa Kuwawa: Bullets FC fans

They also lost 0-1 to Silver Strikers in the Airtel Top 8 quarterfinal first leg tier. The two sides are scheduled to face off at Mulanje Park Stadium on Sunday and both sides have vowed to carry the day.

But surely one team will have to progress to the semifinal berth and pressure should certainly be piling on the People’s Team because losing at home would be 'unforgiven sin' to their supporters, who cannot walk in town shoulder high or face Mighty Be Forward Wanderers supporters.

The Nomads beat Azam Tigers 2-0 in the first of the quarterfinals of the inaugural competition.

“Tikunyozeka ndi anzathu a Wanderers omwe zawo zikuyenda. Neba akumvetsa kukoma masapota ake, pamene ife zathu sizikuyenda konse, ndipo tinyozeka kwambiri tikaluzanso ndi Silver Sunday lino,” said Wellington Mbofana, Bullets fan based in Zingwangwa, Blantyre.


Ramadhan: Silver beatable

Ramadhan: Silver is beatable 

Likewise, Stone Mwamadi, chairperson for Bullets supporters, lamented the team’s poor start this season and described failure to score a goal in three competitive games as very unusual and painful to the members of the Bullets family.

“It will be very painful to lose third game in row and bow out of the tournament without scoring a goal.  Silver is a good team, but we cannot allow to play second fiddle to them. Last season, they booted us out of the Fisd Challenge Cup, but not this time around, no,” said Mwamadi.

The Team’s General Secretary Albert Chigoga said they cannot pretend that all is well when the team is not recording the much needed results.

Chigoga said they held a crisis meeting with the Nsanzurwino Ramadhan led coaching panel to identify the problem and possibly devise ways of exorcizing the ‘demons’ that are preventing them to score.

The General Secretary, however, asked their followers not to exert pressure on the technical panel, but rather encourage them.

He observed that the team will largely need ‘Red Army’s’ supporter during their second match against the bankers in Mulanje.

“I would ask the supporters to travel to Mulanje in large numbers to cheer the team in pursuit for good results. It’s very important to encourage the players to remain focused, and we are very certain things will turn around,” said Chigoga.

On his part, Bullets coach (Ramadhan) while acknowledging that his side lacks the fire-power upfront, said Silver is very beatable and that they are ready to upset the first leg 1-0 loss to the Bankers.

“The game is very wide open; it’s a matter of utilizing the scoring opportunities. We were a better side during the first leg, but we didn’t utilize the chances we created and that cost us a lot.

“We took time to sharpen our attacking machinery because we know that the supporters all they want is the results and we are ready to shoot down the Bankers,” said Ramadhan.

While Silver General Secretary Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda said his side will continue from where they left in the left leg.

Nyirenda said all players are available for selection and the morale is high amongst the players.

“To us, Mulanje Park Stadium is a neutral ground and we will inflict more pain on them, come Sunday. We will finish them off right in the first half,” said Nyirenda.

He, however, expressed concern over the safety of the fans as, according to him, the facility is too small for a match involving the giants.

According to him, the match will attract a huge turnout.

The new constructed facility has an estimated capacity of 5000 people, but the two sides have huge followers.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions Manager Gomegzani Zakazaka said they will take precautionary measures to ensure that everything ends well.

Zakazaka said they look forward to having a successful match on Sunday.   

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