Big Bullets captain Henry ‘Magetsi’ Kabichi and vastly experienced midfielder Fischer Kondowe sounded supremely confident on Thursday that their team will be able to neutralize fierce Zomba United in the Carlsberg Cup finalon Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Sounding at times as if they had already won the match, the two players told Nyasa Times at their training base in Blantyre that the ‘Peoples Team’ have more talent, experience and confidence to beat the old capital-based outfit what has been dubbed a David versus Goliath affair.
“We can’t afford to lose to Zomba on Sunday,” said Kabichi. “We all enjoyed watching them against Kamuzu Barracks in the semi-finals and it didn’t matter to us at all who we’d play in the final.”
Kabichi said at least every player in Bullets has played in cup finals.
“The experience we’ve got all the way through our team is definitely an edge for us,” he said.
“A lot of our players have experience in important final matches and it doesn’t always matter if they won or lost. I think that deep experience everyone on our team has is definitely important for Sunday’s finals.”
Veteran midfielder Kondowe said it could end up being a tight match but emphasized that they know what they have to do.
Kondowe urged all Bullets fans to converge at Kamuzu Stadium in their large numbers to witness them being crowned champions.
However, Zomba United midfielder Charles Kalaile said they are prepared to fight from the word go.
“Unfortunately we won’t be going to Blantyre to take a guided tour or to get to know the magic of the city,” he said. “There’s only one reason to go there: to pick up the Carlsberg Cup. We know what we have to do.”
Kalaile said they have come a long journey and that they cannot let the cup to slip away to Bullets..
“We’ve all got to stay on Bullets heels and try to keep disrupting them. It’s important to defend collectively as a team against an experienced side like Bullets and without losing sight of their key players.”
The team’s coach, Alinafe Noel Gobede, said they have intensified their preparations for the final showdown.
Meanwhile, Zomba City Mayor Joana Ntaja has pledged to reward the team.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :