Nyasa Big Bullets FC failed to use home ground advantage to beat Zimbabwe’s Platinum FC following the goalless draw at Kamuzu Stadium in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League on Saturday.
The two sides are set to meet for the second leg away in Bulawayo later this month.
True to his words, Bullets coach Calisto Pasuwa handed the starting berth to the same youthful squad with only Enerst Kakhobwe, Chiukepo Msowoya and Chimango Kayira as the regular experienced players.
Perhaps Pasuwa opted for Kakhobwe for Labson Chiyenda owing to his international experience both at the Malawi national team and Bullets.
The youthful squad had Gomezgani Chirwa, Charles Petro, Nickson Nyasulu and Precious Sambani holding the experienced Platinum to break into the back of the net.
Kayira as captain had a big task at the midfield alongside Chimwemwe Idana, Mike Mkwate and Peter Banda, while Hassan Kajoke partnered Msowoya upfront.
The two sides started on a low note as if they all wanted a draw, but it works as a disadvantage to Bullets because they will now have to brace for tough time at their opponents’ yard.
The People’s team created some chances in the first half with Msowoya failing to send the ball behind Wallace Malagane.
Equally Lameck Nhano and Albert Eonde were unlucky to break through Kakhobwe’s sticks. After the match Pasuwa admitted they had an upper hand, but failed to create the chances.
“We are good at the back, but to the right side Gome (Chirwa) was not offensive enough. We need to play and attack as a team. We still have time to work on the issues before we travel to Zimbabwe,” he said.
His counterpart Norman Mapeza conceded it was a tough match to hold the People’s team at Kamuzu.
“I must applaud my boys.It was not easy holding Bullets, but returning home we will try everything possible.Right now, I cannot say much including the tactics we will use in the next game,” he said.
The other Malawi ambassadors in the Confederations cup, Masters Security started their away encounter with Uganda’s Proline FC with a 3-0 loss.
Ivan Bogere scored a hattrick to hand the hosts a starting advantage at Startimes Stadium in Lugogo.
The two sides are set to meet again later this month at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe for the second leg.