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Caf tourneys’ draw set for August 15

TO BEEF UP SQUAD—Silver against ASC of Gabon

Albert Chigoga

Malawi’s representative in Caf competitions Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers are racing against time to start intensive preparations for their respective assignments.

Bullets will take part in the Caf Champions League whereas Silver will participate in Confederation Cup.

Caf announced this week that the draw for the competitions will take place on August 15, with the first legs for preliminary rounds slated to take place on September 10 and 12 whereas the return legs will be played on September 17 and 19.

The second round of the competitions will take place from October 15 to17 with the return legs slated for October 22 to 24.

Group stages are expected to be played in February next year.

With the dates for the competitions confirmed, the two clubs are racing against time to commence preparations.

Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga admitted that time was ticking so fast but could not disclose plans for preparations as he was locked in a meeting with the team’s head coach Kalisto Pasuwa.

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

Both Bullets and Silver are busy bolstering their squads ahead of the competitions. Bullets have registered 23 players including Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju whereas Silver have submitted a list of 32 players.

But Silver plan to include four new players namely striker Muhammad Sulumba, Gastin Simkonda, Chrispin Mhangama and Chikoti Chirwa.

Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali referred this reporter to Board Chairperson, Victor Madhlopa who did not answer his mobile phone on several attempts.

Since 2004, no local club has reached the group stages of the competitions.

Sports analyst George Kaudza-Masina said local clubs should aim higher.

“I am sure both Bullets and Silver know their shortfalls. It is better to start intensive preparations ahead of the competitions,” he added.

In 2017, Be Forward Wanderers and defunct Masters Security took part in the competitions but both were eliminated in the group stages.

Wanderers lost 6-1 on aggregate to AS Vita Club of Democratic Republic of Congo the whereas Masters lost 5-0 to Petro de Luanda of Angola.

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