BY MABVUTO KAMBUWE:
TNM Super League leaders, Silver Strikers, are courting South Africa teams such as Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits for friendlies ahead of the Bankers’ participation in Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League.
Silver have also approached newly-promoted Absa Premiership side, Black Leopards, and one team in Lesotho. The Lilongwe giants want to travel to the two countries.
Silver General Secretary, Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda, said they plan to have friendlies slated for the end of the month in South Africa and Lesotho.
“We are in talks with some of the teams in South Africa. We have asked them if they would be available for the friendly matches when they start pre-season training. We are just waiting for responses from the teams but there are good signs that we might be considered,” Nyirenda said.
In a strategic plan they unveiled this year, Silver set aside a budget of K500 million for participation in the Champions League which might start in November.
Silver might also bolster their squad ahead of the continental assignments.
Football Association of Malawi Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, confirmed that Silver have shown seriousness in taking part in the tournament.
“Silver have been asking us about the registration process and we are checking the dates on their behalf,” Jangale said.
Registration for the next year’s edition has not started. The Central Bankers have not participated in the Champions League for over 20 years.
Be Forward Wanderers participated in last year’s Champions League but exited the tournament in the preliminary stage when they lost 6-1 on aggregate to AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Masters Security FC also took part in the Confederation Cup but were also eliminated by Petro de Luanda of Angola 5-0 on aggregate.
Silver lead the league’s log table with 27 points from 12 games, two points above second-placed Nyasa Big Bullets.