By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
The country’s three local clubs Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers and Masters Security have indicated that they are looking at the possibility of participating in Caf competitions.
Bullets and Silver participated in last year’s competitions but both were eliminated in the preliminary round. Registration for the two continental competitions will be closed by the end of May this year.
However, Malawi, like some countries, has one slot each for Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup— which means only two teams can participate.
However, in an interview Wednesday, Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) Casper Jangale confirmed that three teams have expressed interest in taking part in the competition.
“The three teams have indeed written us expressing their interest in taking part in the tournaments. The good thing is that all the teams have participated in the competitions before and they know the procedures,” Jangale said.
Bullets Chief Administrator, Albert Chigoga, confirmed that the club was likely to take part in the Caf Champions League again.
“We already indicated that we will compete in Caf Champions League this year. The chances are high so we are making some progress,’’ Chigoga said.
But Masters Chairperson Alfred Gangata and Silver General Secretary Lawrence Yobe could not answer their mobile phones Wednesday.
Former Bullets and Wanderers striker, Andrew Chikhosi, said participating in Caf competitions would help local clubs gain exposure.
“It is good for the local clubs to continue participating in such tournaments, players are exposed and learn a lot of things,” he said.
Last year, Bullets exited the Caf Champions League after losing 4-3 to Gor Mahia of Kenya on post-match penalties whereas Silver lost by the same margin to ASC of Gabon in the Confederations Cup.
In 2017, Be Forward Wanderers and Masters represented the country but also exited in preliminary rounds. Wanderers lost 6-1 on aggregate to AS Vita of Democratic Republic of Congo whereas Masters lost 5-0 to Petro de Luanda of Angola at the same stage.