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Fam sets deadline on Caf surety

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Nyasa Big Bullets and Masters Security FC have until Friday to pay $20,000 (K15 million) surety to Football Association of Malawi (Fam) for the teams’ participation in 2019 Caf competitions.

Bullets, as TNM Super League defending champions, expressed interest in 2019 Caf Champions League participation whereas Masters, who won the 2018 Carlsberg Cup, are eyeing the Confederation Cup.

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Silver Strikers are on standby, having failed to win a trophy last season.

Fam Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, Wednesday said the association had given Bullets and Masters the deadline on the surety.

“We are still waiting for Bullets and Masters to deposit a surety before Friday this week. If they fail, we will write Silver to see if they are ready to take part,” Jangale said.

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Fam introduced the surety to avoid a scenario of 2014, when Bullets left a K4 million debt with Confederation of African Football for participating in the tournament.

Masters also accumulated a debt of K5 million after taking part in the 2018 Confederation Cup, forcing Fam to deduct from them part of the Carlsberg Cup prize money last season.

Bullets Chief Administration Officer, Albert Chigoga, said they wanted to fulfil the pre-conditions before the deadline.

“We are in the final stages of the process and everything is in order. We hope that, by Friday, we would meet all the required procedures,” Chigoga said.

Masters owner, Alfred Gangata, could not be reached for a comment Wednesday. Registration for the competitions closes on June 30.

Bullets took part in 2018 Caf Champions League but exited after a 4-3 loss on post-match penalties to Kenyan giants Gor Mahia whereas Silver also crashed out of the Confederation Cup after losing by a similar margin to ASC of Gabon in the preliminary round last season.

In 2017, Be Forward Wanderers and Masters also participated in the continental cup and exited at the same stage.

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

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