By Antony Isaiah Jr
Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club Coach, Kalisto Pasuwa said his team have a big mountain to climb in the return leg match in Tanzania after a two-nill defeat at home to Simba Sporting Club.
Moses Phiri and John Bocco were on target for the visitors at the Bingu National Stadium while Nyasa Big Bullets failed to use the home advantage as they wasted several scoring opportunities.
Reacting to the defeat at home, Pasuwa said his boys showed too much respect to Simba Sporting Club in the first half.
The Zimbabwean mentor said lack of experience costed Bullets as he handed Caf Champions League debut to four players namely Kesten Simbi, Patrick Mwaungulu, Frank Willard and Lanjesi Nkhoma.
“The inexperience of (some of) the boys maybe was the reason for the loss. Of course, we had some experienced players whom we thought would help the youngsters, but it was never meant to be our day.
“We gave Simba too much respect in yhe first half and we were jittery, we couldn’t keep the ball for a time, and we were giving them room to play from the back, pressing hard on us and we were always chasing the ball,” said Pasuwa.
Meanwhile, Pasuwa said his boys should forget about today’s results and concentrate on the return leg but admitted that it will be a tough assignment for his boys.
“It will not be easy for us in Tanzania, but again we saw how we played today. Every time we couldn’t attack and we sat too deep hence having spaces in between the lines where the opponents penetrated, but this is football and we have to throw everything, push for more and hope for the best in yhe return leg,” added Pasuwa.
Kesten Simbi made a kindergarten mistake at the back when he failed to deal with a long ball from Simba’s goalkeeper that led to the second goal for Simba.
However, Bullets boss jumped into backing the Youngster saying he just need to sit down with his youngsters and work on the mental aspects.
“We saw mistakes that we were doing and you saw how we conceded the last goal which came directly from their goalkeeper and caught us off guard. This us something that we need to discuss with the boys and give them confidence before we fly to Tanzania. We need to move on from this result and focus on the return leg.
“These guys should get used to facing a very hostile reception in football and that’s exactly what they will face in Tanzania next week,” added Pasuwa.
The people’s will travel to Tanzania next week for a return leg and the winner in this game will face the winner between Primeiro do Agosto and Red Arrows. Primeiro do Agosto beat Red Arrows by a goal to nill today in Zambia.
Last season Bullets were booted out by Amazulu after a huge 3-1 defeat at Bingu National Stadium.