16 August 2016 Last updated at: 6:10 AM
Bullets bemoans congested fixture schedule
The defending league champions dropped two points in the race to finish the first round of the Super League in the 4th position at Chitowe Stadium.
Nyasa Big Bullets General Secretary Kelvin Moyo claimed the Super League’s congested fixture schedule had an impact on his side’s failure to record a victory over Dwangwa United.
Bullets were held to a 0-0 draw at Chitowe Stadium, a week after another 1-all draw at home to Azam Tigers.
“I think we struggled in the first round of the top flight due to congested fixture schedule. The race is more difficult when you play too many games within a short period of time.”
“The issues of fatigue can’t be ruled out and if we are to defend the league title, we have a lot of work to do because it won’t be easy catching the pace settlers,” he said.
Since the Flames’ arrival from Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup in Namibia last month, Bullets and rivals Mighty Wanderers have played more than 11 games withing 25 days and were forced to play more than four games within five days.
Wanderers’ General Secretary told this publication last month that it was not fair to the two teams to play too many games within a short period of time but his complain landed on deaf ears as Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Super League of Malawi (Sulom) ignored the calls by releasing fixtures for the two giants to fulfill.
With the first round of the Super League wrapped up, the two giants have for the first time in years, failed to make it into the top as they lie on 6th and 7th positions respectively. However, the two teams will have no time to recover as cup games takes a centre stage next week.