Nyasa Big Bullets have fallen short on their plans to bolster their squad in the countdown to their CAF Champions League campaign which gets underway this Saturday.
The People’s Team ‘sadministration director Albert Chigoga said while they had planned to sign a number of new players, they have only made progress on Karonga United playmaker Aziz Mwakifuna.
Bullets host Zimbabwean champions FC Platinum this Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre in the first preliminary round first leg tie.
Said Chigoga: “We would want to beef up our squad, especially in defence and attack, but it has turned out that we may or we may not get what we are looking for as clubs like to cling to their best players during such temporary transfer windows.
“So far, the only player we are likely to sign is Aziz and we are almost finalising his transfer.”
However, Chigoga could not disclose the identities of the club’s other targets.
Karonga chairperson Alufeyo Chipanga Banda confirmed having given Bullets the greenlight to agree personal terms with Mwakifuna.
Meanwhile, FC Platinum will have to do without five key players who have left the club.
According to Africa Press, a Zimbabwean online publication www.africa-press.com, the five are defender Farai Madhanhanga, now with South Africa outfit Bidvest Wits and midfielder Ali Sadiki who has joined DRC side TP Mazembe.
Midfielder Godknows Murwira is with another Zimbabwe side Ngezi Platinum Stars while twin defenders Kelvin and Elvis Moyo have cross over to South Africa to play for Chippa United.
The publication pointed out that the five “played a pivotal role” in the team’s in the 2018/19 season league success.
Platinum has signed seven players who their assistant coach Lizwe Sweswe believes will plug the void and help the team achieve its set goals.
“What is important for this competition is to have enough preparations both physical and physiological. We are working very hard for this tournament,” he said.
Sweswe said their target is to reach the “group stages and we will continue working hard to achieve this”.
The return match will be played in three weeks time with the winner scheduled to face either Mozambican side D Songo or Simba of Tanzania.