Nyasa Big Bullets coach Calisto Pasuwa has said he benched most of the youthful squad during the Bingu Ikhome Bonanza played over the weekend as a way of resting them for the TNM Super League.
The People’s team finished last of the four teams that participated in the bonanza, with Blue Eagles clinching the championship.
They lost 1-0 to Blue Eagles in the semifinals and with Silver Strikers same margin as they fought for third place.
Lately Pasuwa has been featuring youthful players, but during the bonanza he used old guards.
“During the Confederation of African Football (CAF) champions league, I noticed that the players were tired playing at home and travelling long distance to play a return leg in Bulawayo. We still have a task in the league and that is why I decided to rest them,” he said.
During the Blue Eagles match, the Zimbabwean tactic had Owen Chaima on goals, who was replaced by youthful Elias Missi during the Silver match.
Bashir Maunde, Sankhani Mkandawire, Yamikani Fodya, Nelson Kangunje and Fischer Kondowe are some of the old-timers who were in action during the two-day bonanza.
Bullets are fighting to defend the league after being crowned champions last year.
They are now on second position on the league table, with 32 points, four behind leaders and their archrivals Be Forward Wanderers.
During the Bonanza, Wanderers also stumbled to Blue Eagles 4-3 (1-1) in post-match penalties to settle as runners-up.
Meanwhile National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM) have said they are impressed with the outcome of the bonanza.
NYCOM Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dingiswayo Jere said despite low patronage, they will return next year with the similar tournament.