By Staff Reporter
Nyasa Big Bullets face an uphill task to qualify for the second leg of the Caf Champions League after being beaten 2-0 by Simba FC at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.
The visitors dominated procession in the first half and they got their first goal 29 minutes from kick off through Moses Phiri who connected well from a set piece.
After the goal, Simba continued to dominate, forcing Bullets coach Kalisto Pasuwa to make a double substitution replacing the youthful Patrick Mwaungulu and Lanjesi Nkhoma with MacFallen Mgwira and Hassan Kajoke in the 38th minute.
The People’s team started the second half very well but still failed to find the back of the net despite several attempts as the visitors defended very well to ensure maximum points for the Tanzania Mainland league heavyweights.
Former Bullets striker Peter Banda made an emotional return as he was introduced by Simba’s interim coach Juma Mgunda to face his former team replacing Erasto Nyoni in the 58th minute.
On the other hand, Bullets introduced the experienced legs of Henry Kabitchi for Franck Willard and Anthony Mfune for Babatunde Adepoju in the 67th and 82nd minute respectively.
Simba scored their second goal just 10 minutes before the end of the match through substitute John Bocco after a quick counter attack as Bullets lost the ball in front.
The two sides will face each other again in the second leg of the competition which will be played in Tanzania.