Masters Security FC owner, Alfred Gangata, has said his team will participate in the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Cup next year.
Gangata said they learnt a lot from games they played against Angolan side, Atletico Petroleos de Luanda, in the 2018 Confederation Cup. Masters bowed out after losing 5-0 on goal-aggregate in the preliminary round.
“It is my wish that we should again join the competition next year. The good thing is that we have proven our capacity to take part in this competition. Others joined this competition but they came back with so many issues.
“We have fulfilled our fixtures without any problem and I hope even Fam [Football Association of Malawi] is proud of us that we have not betrayed them. We are hearing that other teams are also eyeing the competition next year, but we are hopeful that Fam will consider us first because we have proved our mettle,” Gangata said.
“In Angola, we conceded four goals in the final 10 minutes [when they lost 5-0]. But in the next game, we were equal to the task [they drew 0-0], and that is an important thing in football.”
Some analysts blamed Masters for rushing to join the continental competition, saying they needed to, first, strengthen the squad that struggled in the 2017 TNM Super League.
Masters qualified for the competition after finishing as Fisd Challenge Cup semi-finalists. Masters and 2018 Caf Champions League participants, Be Forward Wanderers, might be eligible for the next continental competitions due to the revised Caf calendar which will make it difficult for Malawi to produce qualified teams as the season would be in progress when the international events begin.
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