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Big Bullets break gender bounds

Blantyre Zero, move in line with Caf requirements

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Maggie Chombo Sadik

Nyasa Big Bullets took a giant step yesterday when they announced the acquisition of Blantyre Zero Women’s Football Club.

This is in line with Confederation of African Football (Caf) mandatory requirement for all teams that will participate in the 2022 Caf Champions League to have a women’s football team as part of Club Licencing System requirements.

Bullets Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda said the development comes after the board’s approval and completion of acquisition, effective February 1 2022.

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“We are welcoming a new product on board and we believe Bullets will build a solid women’s team that will strongly compete at national level and be able to participate in regional and continental competitions,” Nyirenda said.

Caf, at its executive committee meeting last year, made it mandatory for all teams participating in Caf Champions League to own a women’s football team in a move meant to develop the game.

The development means Nyasa Manufacturing Company has four teams, namely Bullets Senior Team, Bullets Reserve, Bullets Youth and the women’s team under its stable.

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BT Zero was owned by one of Bullets directors Sadik Malinga, who is responsible for technical issues. Malinga confirmed the development but kept a tight lid on some of the details.

However, Malinga said Maggie Chombo-Sadik will remain in charge as coach for the team.

National Women’s Football Association (NWFA) Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira said it was a step in the right direction.

“This is good news for the women’s football fraternity. It shows that we are making progress to develop women’s football,” Ngwira said.

Coached by Zimbabwean Kalisto Pasuwa, Bullets are expected to take part in the 2022 Caf Champions League after they were eliminated by Amazulu FC of South Africa in the preliminary round following a 3-2 aggregate loss.

Bullets also comes the second Super League team to have a women’s team after Moyale Barracks.

Relegated Ntopwa also have both men’s and women’s teams.

Capital City giants Silver Strikers, during last year’s annual general meeting, announced that plans were in the pipeline to establish a women’s football team.

Silver are expected to participate in the Caf Confederations Cup this year after winning the FDH Bank Cup.

Apart from BT Zero, DD Sunshine and Skippers are some of the strong women’s football teams in Malawi.

Sunshine boasts of many talented players, having produced players such as Tabitha, Temwa Chawinga and Sabina Thom.

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