Nyasa Big Bullets on Saturday bowed out of the 2019 FISD Challenge Cup after suffering a 3-2 defeat in post-match penalties against Silver Strikers at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
The People’s Team gave away a 0-1 lead with 15 minutes to go following Chimwemwe Idana’s strike in the 47th minute and the match had to be decided through penalties after Michael Tete’s equaliser.
Bullets had chances to kill off the game in regulation time, but the visitors squandered great opportunities that cost the team a place in the last four of the competition.
In his assessment of the match, head coach Kalista Pasuwa expressed concern at the rate Bullets are wasting chances.
“I think it’s evident. Our decision making in the final third is something which needs to improve. Our composure is something which needs to improve,” observed the coach during the post-match interview.
“The difficult part is getting yourself in those positions and we [have] managed to do that in a number of games. Getting ourselves in those goal scoring situations, but what becomes important is to show composure and be able to lift your head and make the right decisions, something that we haven’t been doing in several matches,” he added.
The tactician also bemoaned his side’s tendency of conceding goals, saying it is becoming costly.
“If we can’t score more goals then it’s better to defend our slender lead, but we have been conceding in [almost] each and every match. You can see today that our opponents never showed up but they only created a single chance from which they equalized and in the end we got punished because penalties are unpredictable. So, we must sort out our defense if we are to defend the league, the only trophy in sight for us now,” explained Pasuwa.
Pasuwa also took time to issue an apology to the club’s Lilongwe based fans who are yet to celebrate victory whenever the team is playing in the Capital City.
“I must apologize to our Lilongwe fans who have never celebrated victory whenever we are playing here. We are able to win elsewhere but we havent won any game in Lilongwe [this season]. I feel sorry for them and I am apologizing on behalf of the team and we are hoping to do better next time when we are here.”