By Antony Isaiah Jr
Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club Head Coach, Kalisto Pasuwa has begged a bunch of forgiveness from the fans and apologised for the disappointing excursion in the Caf Champions League.
The people’s team were ousted out of the Continental competition after a 4-0 defeat on aggregate against Simba SC, two nill at home and two nill away from home.
Before giving his opinion on the Blantyre Derby to be played this weekend at Bingu National Stadium in the FDH Bank Cup, Pasuwa said funny mistakes costed his team in the Caf Champions League but he is hopeful that his charges have learnt alot in the competition.
“My apologies to the fans of Nyasa Big Bullets, we thought that we would fare better in the Caf Champions League this season. Unfortunately, we didn’t do well,” said the Zimbabwean.
Kalisto Pasuwa has been singing a song that he is still building a team after axing at least 12 players at the begging of this season and promoting youngsters from their reserve team.
Chiukepo Msowoya, Nelson Kangunje, Dalitso Sailesi, Chimango Kaira, Miracle Gabeya Ernest Kakhobwe, Sankhani Mkandawire, Bright Munthali were some of the notable players who were shown the exit door while Patrick Mwaungulu, Kesten Simbi, Yankho Singo, Thompson Magombo, Clever Mkungula were promoted from the reserve team to fill the void.
Pasuwa said he needs time to build a team and at the moment, the work is still in progress. He added that the fact has been illuminated in the Caf Champions League where his players made kindergarten blunders that costed them in the competition.
“Again I will come back to the fact where I have been saying that this team is not yet ready. Remember, we re-assembled the team whereby it was full of youngsters who are still gaining experience. You see even the mistakes that we were doing in the Caf Champions, it was full of childish and silly mistakes. After having done the same mistakes in Lilongwe, we went and repeat the same in Tanzania,” added the tactician.
However, despite having the tough journey in the competition, playing 180 minutes without finding the roof of the net, the tactician said his boys have learnt the other side of football.
“It’s a learning lesson and the boys maybe they have seen the other side of football and we hope we will take that through and take our look into the games that we are playing,” said Pasuwa.
Meanwhile, Kalisto Pasuwa is worried with the congested fixtures saying he is doing a lot of things with the youngsters in space of short time.
“Just imagine, we are coming from Champions League, and now I need to teach them maybe to do the correction of mistakes that we made in Tanzanian and Lilongwe. Very soon, we will be playing local league games. But again, with what is there, we should have to quickly adjust and try to motivate the boys. We will talk to the boys and correct them so that maybe when we play on Saturday and next games they should improve, ” added Pasuwa.
The people’s team will have to shift their attention to the local football as they take on their fierce rivals, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers in the FDH Bank Cup semifinals.
The former Zimbabwe National Team Mentor was roped in as the Clubs coach back in 2018,replacing Rodgers Yasin and Eliya Kananji and within that boundary, no manager in Malawi has managed to win more silverware than him.
Pasuwa has won three league titles and he is looking to add his fourth this season, 4 Charity Shield Cup and Airtel Top 8 Cup.
However, he has failed to carry with him his local football brilliance into the Continental competition as the Club has failed to go beyond Preliminary Round four time, against Gor Mahia, Platnum FC, Amazulu and Simba SC.