Nyasa Big Bullets say they will not read much into their CAF Champions League opponents AmaZulu FC coach Benni McCarthy’s claims that he knows nothing about the People’s Team.
Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga on Monday said they will exercise caution and do their homework on Usuthu.
He said: “It is important that our coaches should do their homework on AmaZulu, but we won’t be carried away with what their coach is saying.
“Nevertheless, the slight advantage that we have is that South African Premier League matches are beamed on SuperSport television and that can also be helpful.”
McCarthy, who was voted the DStv Premier League Coach of the Year, said he will embark on a research to dig more on Bullets.
“We are going to try and gather as much information as we can get about them,” McCarthy was quoted as having said by thomaskwenaite.co.za in his reaction to the draw.
The all-time South Africa leading scorer led Usuthu to a runners-up slot last season and went 17 matches unbeaten at some point.
Meanwhile, AmaZulu’s Malawian defender Limbikani ‘Pupa’ Mzava says he was excited upon learning that they had been drawn against Bullets in the preliminary round of the continental club showpiece..
In an interview from Johannesburg on Monday, the Flames captain said he looks forward “to facing a team from home”.
He said: “It will be interesting coming home to face Bullets. They are a big side and we will give them the respect they deserve.
“I am also hopeful that it will provide their players an opportunity to showcase their skills to a wider audience so that they can be spotted by foreign teams since the games will beamed on television.”
The Malawi national football team on-field leader did not take part in his side’s season opener against Cape Town City on Sunday in the MTN8 after losing a cousin.
AmaZulu lost the match 2-1 to bow out of the tournament.
AmaZulu will host Bullets in the first leg during the weekend of September 10 to 12.
Winners between Bullets and AmaZulu will face CAF Champions League five-time champions TP Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo.