Nyasa Big Bullets say their head coach Callisto Pasuwa’s absence is because he recently tested positive for Covid-19 alongside some undisclosed players.
The People’s Team chief executive officer (CEO) Suzgo Nyirenda said the Zimbabwean tactician has been isolating for the past two weeks and his assistant coach Peter Mponda has been in charge of the team.
Some undisclosed players and non-technical members also tested positive and have been in isolation.
However, the Bullets CEO yesterday expressed optimism that Pasuwa will be cleared to travel with the team to Tanzania for the 2021 East and Central Africa Club Championship, also known as the Cecafa Kagame Cup.
He said: “He [Pasuwa] is feeling better now and we are confident that he will travel with the team.”
The Bullets gaffer is also set to miss tomorrow’s TNM Super League top-of-the-table clash against Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium.
The coach and all Bullets players are expected to undergo a Covid-19 test on Friday, for them to be issued negative Covid-19 test result certificates which are mandatory for those travelling outside the country.
Mighty Wanderers head coach Bob Mpinganjira, who also tested positive while with the Flames last month, is also in isolation.
He tested positive alongside nine Malawi national football team players while preparing for the Cosafa Cup which was held in South Africa.
Meanwhile, Bullets are expected to leave for Tanzania on Sunday for the two-week tournament.
Nine teams will participate in the tournament following the withdrawal of APR FC due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Bullets, who are participating at the tournament as guests, have been drawn in Group C alongside Young Africans of Tanzania and Express FC of Uganda.
Group A has defending champions KCCA FC of Uganda, Le Messenger Ngozi of Burundi and KMKM SC of Zanzibar.
Adam FC of Tanzania, Altabara FC of South Sudan and Tusker from Kenya are in Group B.
Group winners will qualify for the semi-finals alongside one best runners up.
Soccer analyst Felix Ngamanya Sapao described Bullets’ group as tough.
He said: “It’s a group of death.”
Bullets want to use the Cecafa Interclub Cup to prepare for the Confederation of Africa Football Champions League.
The champions will pocket $100 000 (about K81.8 million).