TNM Defending Champions, Nyasa Big Bullets are on fire as they proved to be too strong for Civil Sporting of Lilongwe during the Super League encounter played at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre Sunday.
Zimbabwean born coach, Calisto Pasuwa has been vindicated when he was given the chance to guide Bullets last years with only drive games to conclude the league.
When Bullets lost the final of Airtel Top 8 at Bingu National Stadium (BSN) in Area 48 in Lilongwe, Pasuwa hinted that, “My squad is aging and I need to bring fresh legs in order to compete equally with other team in the country and able to handle CAF tournament games next season.”
Many Doubting Thomases’s never believed what Pasuwa had just indicated after that such painful defeat against Blue Eagles through a penalty scored by substitute midfielder, Stuart Mbunge in the 88th minute.
During preseason build up, Bullets engaged a top gear and recruited some youngsters into the team and promoted five players from their side the likes of Missi, Hassan Kajoke, Petro and Chimwemwe Idana among others.
They brought in left back, Previous Sambani from Be forward wanderers, right back Gomezgan Chirwa from Civil Sporting, attacking midfielder, Peter Banda from Griffon stars to strengthen the squad which look set to defend the title.
The commercialization drive, Bullets have taken has made the team to be outstanding in their approach of the game now and they look more organized than before.
Bullets 6-0 demolition of Civil has raised a lot of talking points worth debating among various football, stakeholders in the country.
Malawi’s football revival should take a new twist and invest in youth football development if the country is to attain desired results on the regional and continental fronts.
The six-star display of Bullets on Sunday should not be ignored as youngsters in the name of Kajoke, Mike Mkwate, Chirwa, Petros, Sambani, Righteous Banda, Patrick Phiri and Peter Banda demonstrated clearly that the rebuilding exercise, Pasuwa had indicated is now on course.
Bullets have moved second on the .log table with 10 points from four games played.
They won against TN Stars 4-0 during the opener of the season, Ntopwa 4-1 and were held to 1-1 draw to Mighty Tigers at Mecca Stadium before registered the biggest win of the 2019 season against Civil who had a promising opening of the season before they nosedived on their travel to southern region when they faced Tigers and Bullets 1-0 and 6-0 respectively.
“You will never go wrong when you decide to invest in youngsters. You will only struggle in few games and they you will be able to get the much-needed results,” Former Football Administrator, Kelvin Moyo told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday.
He said the problem our country is facing is that most coaches and football administrators are interested in short term results instead of aiming at long term achievements.
Moyo added that the country has a lot of potential youngster who could be able to turn things a lot and this is doable within a short period time.
Lilongwe Based Soccer historian, Charles “Grand master” Nyirenda said other teams should consider the commercialization drive in order to improve their game.
“Bullets took a bold stand to go commercial despite some resistance from other quarters within its file and ranks of the club but you can see now the outcome of such decision now,” he pointed out.
Nyirenda said teams like Wanderers, Silver strikers, Civil sporting who are considered to be top five teams need to do something so that the level playing field should be equal.
Bullets are second on the log table with 10 points from four games and are short by a point to current leaders, Blue Eagles, who have played two more games than Bullets.
According to the fixture for the coming weekend, Bullets are traveling to Lilongwe to face Blue Eagles in a water mouthing encounter.