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Big Bullets for early Caf preparations

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Casper Jangale

Nyasa Big Bullets have written Football Association of Malawi (Fam) over the possibility of early commencement of training ahead of the Caf Champions League.

The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 gave consent to resumption of training for all sports activities from October 17 but Bullets want to return to the pitch earlier than the scheduled date.

Bullets Chief Administrator, Albert Chigoga, Thursday said they were waiting for the go-ahead from the government through Fam.

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“Our players have been idle for a long time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so starting training early will give us ample time to prepare for the competition. But if we do not get approval, we will wait until October 17,” Chigoga said.

The continental football governing body released a new schedule for the Champions League last month.

According to the schedule, registration for the 2020/21 Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup will run from October 21.

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The second registration period will run from November 11-30.

The preliminary round of the elite continental club championship will be played between November 27-29 with the return legs slated for December 4-6.

The second preliminary round will take place from December 22-23 before second leg matches from January 5-6.

Fam Compliance Manager, Casper Jangale, confirmed that Bullets requested to start Caf preparations early.

“We got the letter from Bullets and we have referred the matter to our sub-committee for proper guidance,” Jangale said.

Bullets will be the country’s only representative in the continental competition this year after Blue Eagles pulled of the Confederation Cup.

Eagles qualified for the tournament after winning the Fisd Challenge Cup last year.

Silver Strikers were next in line to take part in the competition but also decided against participating this year to focus on rebuilding their squad for the 2022 edition of the competition.

Bullets were booted out of the last edition of the showpiece after a 2-1 aggregate loss to Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum in the preliminary round.

Caf also announced the start of the inaugural edition of the Caf Club Women’s Champions League next year.

According to Caf, the first edition will comprise eight teams with teams from Caf’s zonal winners including the hosts.

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