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Big Bullets, Silver Strikers to bolster squad for Caf tourney

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Albert Chigoga

Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers say they are hunting for more players to beef up their respective squads ahead of Caf competitions.

Bullets, who will take part in the Caf Champions League, submitted a list of 23 players whereas Silver, who will represent the country in Caf Confederation Cup, submitted a list of 32 players.

This means Bullets have remained with 17 slots whereas Silver have eight slots as they can register maximum of 40 players each.

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Both Bullets and Silver confirmed that if opportunities emerge, they will bolster their squads.

Silver Board Chairperson, Victor Madhlopa, said the Daniel Kabwe-led technical panel had recommended some additions.

“We are looking at strengthening the team. Our participation in this international competition will be of great benefit to the national team as players will get the exposure that the country needs,” Madhlopa explained. “As such, it is our plan to approach clubs in our league that will not be participating, to loan us one or two players that can help strengthen the squad. This will help expose even those players making it benefit their mother clubs as well.”

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However, Madhlopa could not disclose the identities of the players they are targeting for the competition.

Bullets Chief Administration Officer, Albert Chigoga, said it will depend on the availability of the players and also willingness of other clubs to sell.

“We have good players but we will be happy if we add some players. The technical panel already recommended to us so we are just waiting for a good opportunity,” added Chigoga, whose side signed Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju from rivals Mighty Wanderers.

However, for registering new players after deadline the clubs will be required to pay $250 (about K 204,500) for each player.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said after registration, both teams will wait for Caf confirmation.

“Caf has the final say on the registration process for the teams. Registration does not mean automatically they will participate in Caf tournaments,” he said.

Bullets last participated in the Caf Champions League in 2019 but exited in the first after losing 3-2 on aggregate to FC Platinum of Zimbabwe whereas Silver last took part in 2018 but were eliminated in the same stage after 4-3 loss to Ambere Sports Club of Gabon.

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