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K1.9 billion for Caf champions

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Be Forward Wanderers and Masters Security FC may not be favourites to win their respective Confederation of African Football (Caf) competitions but they should not lack motivation.

Reports from Caf indicate that the winner of Caf Champions League will pocket K1.9 billion ($2.5 million) whereas the Caf Confederations Cup champion is assured of a cool K760 million ($1.25 million).

Wanderers are competing in the Champions League, starting off with a preliminary round first-leg match in the Democratic Republic of Congo against AS Vita on Sunday.

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Masters will kick-start their Confederation Cup campaign in Angola against Atletico Petroleos de Luanda on Saturday.

However, for the two Malawi representatives to get to the paying ranks, they need to sail past the preliminaries, first-round and group stages which produce quarter-finalists.

Teams get an appearance fee from the group stages. Nyasa Big Bullets reached the group stages of the 2004 Champions League.

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Meanwhile, Caf has announced that the 2018 Caf Champions League and Caf Confederation Cup competitions, which begin this weekend, will be the last staged between February and December.

From next year, they are scheduled to kick off in September and end the following May, bringing the dates in line with many African domestic seasons.

Countries with a September/May season include Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia, whose clubs are among the strongest on the continent.

Between the February/ December 2018 and September 2019/May 2020 seasons, there will be a one-off December/May edition covering 2019.

A play-off round follows, with the 16 Confederation Cup survivors facing Champions League last-32 losers for group places.— Additional reporting by SuperSport website

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