Blue Eagles have given up their ambition to take part in the Caf Confederations Cup this year after getting a cold shoulder from sponsors.
Eagles expressed interest to take part in the second-tier Caf competition this year after winning the Fisd Challenge Cup last season. The Eagles presented a budget of K45 million for the preliminary round but management was yet to respond.
When contacted this week, Eagles chairperson Alexander Ngwala, said the club was still waiting for communication from the sponsors.
“We submitted our proposal and the sponsors will guide us,” Ngwala said.
Registration for the competition is yet to start and might be delayed due to the Coronavirus.
However, inside sources confided that management was not willing to release funds for the team to participate in the competition.
“For now, let us forget about participating in Caf this year. Maybe in future we will take part in the competition. The competition requires a lot of money so we are focusing on the TNM Super League and local cups once the Coronavirus is over,” the source said.
Eagles budgeted about K56 million for the local assignments which includes the TNM Super League, Fisd Challenge Cup, Airtel Top 8 Cup and the newly introduced FDH Bank Cup.
Eagle withdrawal means TNM Super League champions, Nyasa Big Bullets will be Malawi’s only representative in the Caf Champions League, assuming the competition will take place this year amid fears of Coronavirus.
Bullets have already indicated that they would take part in the competition.
Last year, Bullets and relegated Masters Security FC took part in the competition. Bullets lost 2-1 on aggregate to Platinum FC of Zimbabwe while Masters lost 3-0 on aggregate to Proline FC of Uganda.
In 2018, Silver Strikers and Bullets also took part in the competition but both exit the competition in the preliminary stage.
In 2017 Be Forward Wanderers and Masters represented the country in the Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup, respectively.