Nyasa Big Bullets yesterday kissed the 2019 Champions League goodbye after succumbing to 3-2 loss Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.to 10 men FC Platinum at
It was a match coach Callisto Pasuwa admitted that it exposed the naivety of his players, who despite playing with one player advantage from the 26th minute, they still could not make it.
The hosts scored an early goal from a penalty conceded in the fifth minute after a foul in the box and Devom Chafa coolly converted the spot kick.
But the hosts were dealt a blow when Albert Eonde was shown a straight red card after a foul on Precious Sambani.
The numerical advantage played well on Bullets who started pressurising the hosts.
Winger Peter Banda levelled the scores in the 29th minute with a lovely strike outside the box, beating Wallace Magalane in goals.
But Bullets defence betrayed them once again as the hosts restored the lead through Never Tigere in the 36th minute as the first half ended 2-1.
A dramatic second half saw Bullets equalising through a beauty from Patrick Phiri after he was set up by Chiukepo Msowoya.
The goal meant Bullets were set to make it to the first round on away goals rule.
But it was never to be. With 10 minutes left on the clock, Bullets conceded after substitute Perfect Chikwende hit a sublime glancing header.
After the match, Pasuwa had no kind words for his players.
“I think the boys relaxed because we were playing with one player advantage,” he said.
“The defence also betrayed us.”
His counterpart Norman Mapeza, however, thanked Bullets for giving them a good game.