By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Nyasa Big Bullets returned home Thursday from Kenya with hopes of overturning the tables against Gor Mahia in the second leg of the Caf Champions League at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Wednesday.
Having lost 1-0 in the first leg at Moi International Sports Centre on Wednesday, Bullets Coach Calisto Pasuwa is confident of rendering the first leg score useless with a two-goal victory at home.
“We know that there are some areas we need to work on ahead of the second leg. We need to be solid at the back and also score goals.
“It is not automatic that because they [Gor Mahia] are coming to play us here, then we will beat them. Not at all. They are a very experienced team. We have to work hard to get the goals and defend well,” Pasuwa said.
For Bullets to go past Mahia, they must score two goals without reply in the return leg. Should Bullets beat the Kenyan side by a 1-0 scoreline, the match would be decided through penalty shootouts after extra time.
The overall winner between Bullets and Mahia will face US Loum of Cameroon or Lobi Stars of Nigeria in the first round of the tournament. Loum have an advantage after beating Stars 1-0 in the first leg in Cameroon.
Meanwhile, Malawi’s representatives in the Caf Confederation Cup, Silver Strikers, are expected to return home this afternoon from Gabon having lost 1-0 to AO CMS of Gabon on Wednesday.
The Central Bankers, who went down to a Nani Nono Yohann 17th minute goal, are also upbeat of progressing to the first round.
In post-match interview on Wednesday, Silver coach Lovemore Fazili said they would put up a good fight in the return match.
“I am sure that next week will play much better and win the game so that we progress to the next round,” Fazili said.
Silver will face the winner between Raja Casablanca of Morocco and RD of Congo should they go through.
Former Silver and Flames midfielder Hellings Mwakasungula has praised the performance of the two local teams, saying they still have a chance after conceding just a single goal.
“They just need to work on their weaknesses so that they do well at home. But they should avoid conceding at home,” Mwakasungula said.
Silver host their Gabonese opponents next week at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
Last year, Be Forward Wanderers and Masters Security represented the country in the Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup, respectively.
Wanderers exited the competition after losing 6-1 on aggregate to AS Vita of Democratic Republic of Congo whereas Masters lost 5-0 on aggregate to Petro de Luanda of Angola.