By Mphatso Sam
Nyasa Big Bullets has said it plans to have its own club competition for teams in the southern part of Africa, the Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) region in the next three years.
Bullets recently hosted the Nyasa Big Bullets Challenge, which it says would be an annual pre-season tournament which would run for the next five years and would be featuring both international and local teams.
Bullets Senior Business Development Manager, Kelvin Moyo confirmed the development in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Thursday that increasing the number of teams in the Bullets international bonanza is part of the team’s plan of having own club competition.
He said the Nyasa Big Bullets Challenge comprised two international and local teams in its debut year but after three years, teams would be increased from four to six depending on the progress made in the next three years.
“There is no club competition in the southern region of Africa. In East Africa they have CECAFA and they have a championship which is sponsored by General Paul Kagame. We want to have the same type of competition in the southern part of Africa,” Moyo said.
He said next year’s tournament would feature the same teams and number of teams which competed in this year’s bonanza, noting that after three years, depending on commercial progress, Bullets may call on more teams to come and participate in the bonanza.
Moyo added that management of the team is satisfied with how the competition has run as they proposed that the tournament should be an investment, saying the intended purpose of publicizing the event and unearthing talent was achieved.
He said since the bonanza would be run annually; Bullets would set out the tournament committee which would be looking at how to manage challenges encountered and how to improve the tournament in the next coming years.
Be Forward Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire said the Lali Lubani outfit was equally satisfied with the organization of the tournament, saying, “It has really helped to shape up the position of the club, look at the weaknesses and also brought out hidden talents.”
Bullets pumped in K50 million in planning and organizing the competition whose trophy was lifted by the visiting Mozambican side, Ferroviaro De Nampula after beating Bullets 2-1 on the opening day of the competition before salvaging a one all draw with Wanderers and Chicken Inn of Zimbabwe.