Malawi’s CAF flag carriers BB face unknown Fomboni test

Daring Big Bullets make a long-awaited return to continental football when facing Fomboni Club du Moheil in Comoros Islands during Sunday’s 2015 Caf Champions League match.

TNM 'always with you' champions Bullets -Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

TNM ‘always with you’ champions Bullets -Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

The build-up to the preliminary round, first leg match has been characterised by several logistical setbacks due to inadequate funding and poor planning.

The Bullets ventured into the continental event without sponsorship backing and have been surviving the hard way on hope.

Coached by Burundian Nsanzuwrimo Ramadhan, the Bullets travelled 20 hours by road from Blantyre on Sunday and stopped over in Tanzania from where they were on Saturday expected to connect to the India Ocean islands.

Hours after four players, including news signing Chiukepo Msowoya, were declared ineligible by Caf on Thursday, the Bullets chairperson Kondie Msungama summed up the hitches by saying “Malawians Kondie and Bullets have done their part. It is now up to the nation.”

Just when all appeared to be heading for a crisis, Malawi league sponsors TNM gave the Bullets a K15 million rescue package. However, beyond the preliminary round, it is difficult imaging where the funds will come from.

The Bullets need some K180 million to fulfil the Caf games and the only hope is on an SMS fund-raising drive being championed by TNM whose public relations and sponsorship manager Limbani Nsapato has hope in a good result.

“It is our hope that Big Bullets would be able to replicate their hard-working, organised and consistent standards which they demonstrated during the 2014 TNM Super League Season,” Nsapato told supersport.com.

“They never gave up even when the going got tough. They remained resilient to pressure on and off the pitch. We at TNM believe that discipline was key to Bullets FC’s success and this should also help them excel in their Caf encounter against Fomboni FC.”

On the pitch, the Bullets have experienced campaigners James Chilapondwa and captain Fischer Kondowe who are remnants from the 2004 bunch, which in a one-off appearance in the continental league, caused a sensation to reach the group stages while dismissing Orlando Pirates of South Africa, Zanaco (Zambia) and SC Villa from Uganda.

“I am so sure we can again make history and better our record of 2004. In football, anything can happen,” Kondowe told supersport.com.

The Bullets have taken to the Comoros some exciting talent such as winger Dalitso Sailesi and striker Mussa Manyenje whose late surge to form last season turned the Bullets into domestic league champions for the first time since 2005.

However, the Bullets should appreciate that they are up against the opposition whose strength they hardly know and have home backing, Fomboni’s Malawian striker Wister Phiri warns.

Fomboni have been boosted by the return of Mauritius coach Moise Loub and new signing striker Marius who is expected to partner Phiri in attack.

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35 thoughts on “Malawi’s CAF flag carriers BB face unknown Fomboni test”

  1. Eddie says:

    God is able we lov bullets

  2. B man says:

    O de best 2 maury

  3. Enock osbel says:

    Goooooooooo goooooo BB

  4. RAYMOND MWALE says:

    IAM WISHING U ALL THE BEST BB. NOMA FUN

  5. BANKX says:

    MAY GOOD LORD BE WITH U THAT’S WHAY U R BEING CALLED “THE PEOPLES TEAM” SHAME THE DEVIL I LOVE BB

  6. Shenglee woo says:

    Im a Nyerere fan, but on this, i say go go Bullets we are on ua back

  7. Mtumbuka-07 says:

    Koma BB, mwatiyimilira ku Malawi kuno….Zabwino zonse!

  8. wa Bullets says:

    Go maule go.let the wearly say Iam strong

  9. Hardson says:

    Zothekazo zitheka. Bola tapita ku Comoros.

  10. hastings says:

    Tikudziwa andale ena ake awiri ndamene apereka ndalama ku Bullets .MA BIG awiriwa tiwa tchula mukabwela kuti anthu adziwe .MAFUNOABWINO BASI m

  11. hastings says:

    Tikudziwa andale ena ake awiri ndamene apereka ndalama ku Bullets .MA BIG awiriwa tiwa tchula mukabwela kuti anthu adziwe .

  12. Option says:

    Pepa neba athawako ka

  13. Pata phiri says:

    Loose or win we r behind u

  14. walewaley says:

    Lets fight maule we have come a long way, all the best in that encounter

  15. marvelick says:

    Who ventures into a competition like CAF without resources? How can you do that…. So embarrassing, mukwapulidwe mutuluke musatinyase ayi!

  16. MBACHI says:

    We wish you all the best.

  17. MBACHI says:

    We wish you all the best. We are behind you.

  18. Chileso says:

    All the best BB, u still remain my team in difficult times Go!!! go!!! Bullets dont give up Goooooo!!!!!!!!!

  19. utamewakwe says:

    Wishing you all the goodies

  20. Geoma says:

    You deserve the best. All the goodies Our Flag Carrier. Big Bullets

  21. Andrew says:

    wishing BB all the best. God be with
    you there.

  22. Chemtukanika says:

    All the BEST Biggest Bullets.All Malawians except Afiti are behind U.Maule kuti Buuuu!

  23. bbsupporter says:

    GOD,THE CREATER LOVES BIG BULLETS.

  24. mulungu akuona says:

    u’l do beta

  25. Holy Be Holy says:

    Mapale tonse nkhawa njema cz Mulungu ali mbali yathu enawa kulalata ndi ntchito yawo ya m’magazi let them tok.Zabwino zonse our Boyz go! go! Go! Maule go!

  26. chims says:

    unknown fomboni? that’s being myopic. unknown to who? Malawians? if fomboni is unknown to Malawi, bullets is equally unknown to Comoros.you media guys are cheats and don’t fool them with your fruitless propaganda.

  27. If the Cup fits wear it.

  28. All the best to the peoples’ team BIG BULLETS…

    1. special advisor says:

      Bullets, you’re making Malawi proud. Your star must continue to shine bright and their guardian angel should not desert you. Kondi and TNM your passion, commitment and sacrifices will be remembered. Hats off!

  29. Embombeni says:

    Best Wishes Mighty,oh Sorry! Big Bullets.

    1. Mafaniso says:

      Pathako pako mbuzi iwe

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