Kalisto Pasuwa has provided an update ahead of our Saturday encounter against Silver Strikers in the FISD Challenge Cup away in Lilongwe.
Nyasa Big Bullets will be without a number of key players when they travel to Lilongwe on Friday for the quarter final clash at the Bingu National Stadium.
During a prematch press conference in Blantyre on Thursday, Pasuwa named five players who are unavailable due to injuries, including John Lanjesi, Pilirani Zonda, Precious Sambani, Bright Munthali and MacPhallen Mgwira, who are all nursing injuries ahead of the game.
The coach admitted that his side will be playing a very organized side, hence the need to be at their level best if they are to progress to the semifinals of the competition.
“It’s a different game altogether and we have to be at our level best if we are to progress to the semifinals of the competition,” explained the coach.
He added: “We have been creating a lot of goal scoring opportunities but struggle to convert the chances, and the unfortunate part is that our opponents are able to score from a single chance they create, so it’s something which we have been working on.”
Giving an update on the players that are undergoing rehabilitation, the tactician said:
“We have Bright, MacPhallen and Zonda who are closer to making their comebacks but we will have to do without John and Sambani, who will be out for the rest of the season. However, the majority of the players are available for match selection and we are confident of doing well against Silver Strikers” he shared.
On team selection, Pasuwa was quick to reveal that only the best performers will be selected to face the Central Bankers and reminded his players that this is a knockout competition hence no room for mistakes.
“This is a knockout competition and there is no second chance. As such, we have no room for mistakes and once we create chances, let’s utilize [them] because it [cup competition] comes once and we need to go further than the previous seasons.
“We will select best performers to face them [Silver] because we have a mission to accomplish. We know their weaknesses and strengths and we know exactly what to do in order to walk out of the stadium with a victory,” said the coach.
Pasuwa also stressed out the need to fix his defense, saying conceding week in, week out has not been part of his tactical plan, but he is hoping to sort out his defensive problem.
“We are conceding goals at an alarming rate and this must stop if we are to do well in all the competitions. It’s something which we have been working on and I am very positive that a solution will be found very soon so that we are able to defend and win games without conceding goals in every match we play,” he concluded.