Nyasa Big Bullets coach Callisto Pasuwa says the TNM Super League defending champions have found the going in the league getting tough this season.
The Zimbabwean tactician made the remarks ahead of today’s match against Red Lions at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre, reminiscent of the People’s Team trip to Mzuzu where they collected one point from a possible six after losing to Moyale Barracks and drawing against Mzuzu Warriors.
Bullets beat Moyale and Warriors in the first round , but failed to collect maximum points to increase their chances of defending the championship.
“We have learned the hard way. We were in the Northern Region. We lost the first game [against Moyale] and drew the second game [against Mzuzu Warriors],” he said.
Bullets and Silver Strikers are tied at 49 points, but Silver have played a game more.
The People’s Team face Lions, a team they drew with in the first round, but Pasuwa said the Mzuzu trip had taught them a lesson and they will not be complacent.
He said: “Every team we are playing is coming on us with high intensity. Every team is very dangerous.
“We also need to push more in terms of what we do. We play against all the odds where we need to put maximum effort if we are to get full points.”
However, the coach conceded that the Mzuzu trip had left the team in low spirits.
He said: “It hasn’t been good in our camp. I could see during training that most of the players’ heads were down because of the performance in Mzuzu. “But I have been trying to boost their morale. We need to keep on encouraging them to collect maximum points.”
As Bullets hope to create a gap between them and Silver, Lions coach Alick Chirwa said their target is to finish in the top eight.
The Zomba-based Malawi Defence Force outfit is 10th in the 16-team top-flight with 34 points from 25 games.
A win will see them move up to eighth, dislodging Ekwendeni Hammers.