Former Bullets CAF stars write off Wanderers, Masters

31

As soccer fans and pundits continue to discuss the future of Be Forward Wanderers and Masters Security in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) competitions, three former Nyasa Big Bullets stars have waded into the talk by casting serious doubt on the duo’s progression to the next round.

The trio, Rahim Ishmael, Emmanuel Chipatala and Jimmy Zakazaka formed part of the “Class of 2004” that dined and wined with the best clubs  on the continent, having become the only local team to make the last 8 of CAF Champions League.

Nomads FC Malawi

Be Forward Wanderers

Wanderers and Masters had a nightmare first preliminary round outing last weekend, shipping 9 goals between themselves.

The Nomads got a thorough Champions League 0-4 beating at AS Vita in the DRC on Sunday while the capital club (Masters) were clobbered 0-5 in the Angolan capital by Petro de Luanda in the Confederations Cup.

Masters arrived back on Monday while the TNM Super League Champions jetted home on Tuesday to start preparations for the return legs, perceived by many as mission impossible.

While Wanderers mentor Yasin Osman says “only God knows” the outcome of next week’s decider, Zakazaka, Ishmael and Chipatala who have been there and done that, believe a dramatic turnaround for the two clubs will be a miracle.

“Football has its own tales of upsets, so we cannot rule that out. But looking at the teams’ preparations, it’s more than a tall order,” said Zakazaka.

“CAF competition is serious business that need proper preparations, because you face strong opposition, the cream from other countries. But it seems our teams were caught unawares. Look at Wanderers, they had players boycotting training prior to such a huge tie which is not the way to go,” said Zakazaka, also a former nomad himself at some point.

Chipatala also laid into the Nomads for not doing some good business on the transfer market.

“The players they brought in are not CAF material. They are just good enough to win them domestic titles. At such a big stage, you need a group of players who are regular at the national team to provide that international experience.

As for Masters, they are simply not meant for a league of this nature, they don’t have the quality, so to talk of upsets, for me that’s a non-starter,” said the former national team left back who hanged up his boots in 2016 after a spell in Mozambique.

Chipatala’s sentiments were echoed by Ishmael who recalled the rich quality of talent in the BB 2004 squad, as compared to the Wanderers team.

“The Bullets management invested heavily in that squad, which I love to call the dream team. Most of the guys in that squad were national team regulars at a very productive football age, no wonder most of the guys secured foreign deals thereafter.

But if  you look at the  Wanderers squad, the blending of old and fresh legs doesn’t seem right for me, but I encourage them to give it another shot next year,” said Ishmael, who last kicked the ball some four years ago.

Masters host the Angolans next week Tuesday, while the Wanderers/Vita clash takes place 24 hours later.

Both matches are scheduled for the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

Share.
loading...

31 Comments

  1. Let me break it to you, incase you forgot
    Preliminary round 2005 CAF league
    Bullets 2 : VillaSC 1 1st leg 0:0 2nd leg 2:1
    First Round
    Bullets 1 ; Zanako 1 1st leg 1:0 2nd leg 0:1
    Second Round
    Orlando Pirates 2 Bullets 2 1st leg 2:1 2nd leg 0:1
    Group stages
    Bullets 0 Etoile de sahel 1
    Bullets 1 Etoile de Sahel 1
    Enyimba 6 Bullets 0
    Enyimba 1 Bullets 1
    Bullets 2 African Sports National 1
    Bullets1 African Sports National 1
    Ndi mmene zinalili osangofikila zolubwa lubwazo

  2. Ndalama yoopemphetsa….koma zotsatila zake mbwelera….ndili ine ndinakakunamizilani kuti munatenga katapila

  3. Kodi Iwe Wa Malawi24 nkhani zako nthawi zonse umalemba monyoza ikakhala kuti noma yaluza koma kampopi fc ikaluza sulemba mosambwazula kusonyeza kuti utolankhani wanu mulibe ukadaulo.caf stars ndiye kuti chani anapangapo chani chanzelu kuti akhale ma stars?ma 7~1 uziti ma stars.utola nkhani wogulilana ndelunde ndikulemba ntchito ndi choncho DEMETI!

  4. Musanyoze mukumbukile mbiri ya caf kuyambila 1996 mupeza ma 6-0 si noma imachinyidwa lero mukuziona zachilendo kapena simumazisata mau omveka ndioti kumalawi kuno mpira kulibe olo national team imene chimodzimodzi tiyeni tizingoimbila mmanja andalewa akamadusa minsewomu

  5. Koma bullets ili ndi vuto….. nkhani ikhale ya kuluza kwa Beforward basi? Kodi mwaiwala kale zigoli 6 mudalandira zija mu mpikisano womwewu zaka zinayi zapitazi? Aaaaaaa muzikhala ndi manyazi nthawi zina. Mukafatsa muzikambirana za tsogolo la club yanu, osati za ena. Muchedwa nazo zimenezo.

  6. ma Team onse kumalawikuno kulibeko Team inapangapoozanzelu even neba we ukungowawatawawata koma waiwala zomwe zidakuchirikila ukuzikweza kut ndiwe katundu nkumakakumana ndi 7:0 n 5:0 waiwala

  7. Atichititsa manyazi wanderers mbola matama ambirimbiri mwatipatsa mbiri yonyatsa osazalolanso ulendo wina kuzayimira malawi apanga zibwana

  8. Amangodzinamiza awa aNoma akuti adagula B tembo kuti awathandize mu Caf kkkkkk eeish zina ukav a kamba mngamwala

    • Silver simatekeseka ndikuchoka kwa player
      wachoka osewela angati kumene kuja? Wadabwa
      Malata pano ndi Tembo koma mudayamba mutaigonjetsapo Silver?

  9. The 2 teams can not progress into second round. Both teams will also lose in the second matches & we thank them for their participation in CAF

%d bloggers like this: