TNM Super League defending champions, Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club, have begun their preparations for the 2020/21 soccer season which is expected to kick off in November.
A statement issued on Tuesday, October 20, the people’s team arrived in the lakeshore district of Mangochi on Monday as part of the pre-season training.
Reads part of the statement: “On Tuesday, the first day of training, the squad had a busy schedule from as early as 5:30am doing gym sessions and later beach sessions on the scorching beach in the afternoon.”
Bullets head coach, Kalisto Pasuwa, told the media that the coaching panel settled for Mangochi which is about 200 kilometers from the club’s base because it fits well with their pre-season program.
“Mangochi favours our training program because of its proximity to the lake and also we wanted a place where players would be together for team bonding and team spirit aspects,” said Pasuwa.
Bullets will train for about a month before their involvement in the Ecobank Charity Shield cup slated for November 21 and 22 before they start their journey of defending the TNM Super League tittle a week later.
However, Pasuwa admitted that the period for preparations is not enough.
“We have four weeks away before the Charity Shield which is very minimal in relation with the time that we need,” he bemoaned.
He further suggested that the team needed six weeks or more for the players to be ready after such a lengthy period of inactivity.
Recently teams were given a go ahead to start preparations for the new season after nearly seven months break following a suspension imposed on football activities due to COVID-19 pandemic.