Nyasa Big Bullets coach Calisto Pasuwa has reacted to the Malawi National football team call-up which has included his players that it will not affect their preparations for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) champions league clash.
The people’s team are expected to play a return match against Zimbabwe’s Platinum FC in the CAF preliminary stage in Bulawayo following the goalless draw in the first -leg at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday.
Flames coach Meke Mwase last weekend named a 33-member squad to start training on Monday ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Botswana in October, and comprise 11 Bullets players.
Interestingly, nine of the selected Bullets players were in the starting line-up for Platinum game and Pasuwa has maintained them in most of his Super League games.
They include goalkeeper Enerst Kakhobwe, defenders Charles Petro, Precious Sambani and Gomezgani Chirwa, midfielders Mike Mkwate, Chimwemwe Idana, captain Chimango Kayira and Peter Banda, and striker Hassan Kajoke.
Two more from the People’s team include goalkeeper Labson Chiyenda and striker Patrick Phiri.
“We still have time to work on the flaws that we observed during the Saturday’s match. We will continue with our training sessions. Before the return-match, we will still have some time training with the players called into Flames camp since we also have Super League assignments and it is not a problem to us,” Pasuwa said.
Bullets will play their last league game against Dwangwa at Chitowe Stadium on Saturday.
The Zimbabwean tactician maintained the youthful squad apart from Kakhobwe on goals and Chiukepo Msowoya upfront, who was later replaced by Bright Munthali during the Saturday’s CAF match.
It was like a brotherly affair on Saturday with Pasuwa and Platinum FC coach Norman Mapeza from the same country and also played together in the Zimbabwe national team.
Mapeza conceded playing against a tough Bullets especially after featuring more youngsters.
He however said starting with a draw away gives them a home advantage in the return match.