After big doubts surrounding their trip to Kampala, Uganda, for a Caf Confederation Cup tie against Proline FC, Masters Security finally left the country Thursday through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe to honour the fixture.
Masters have been facing financial challenges recently, forcing players to boycott training sessions and one TNM Super League match due to unpaid dues.
Earlier this week, Masters owner Alfred Gangata admitted that the trip was in doubt because of financial challenges and threatened to pull out of the competition if stakeholders did not bail him out.
Gangata said he needed K45 million for both the away and home fixtures.
But speaking before departure Thursday morning, Masters General Secretary, Christopher Njeula, said they managed to source funds for the trip on Wednesday.
Njeula said the executive committee had done its part by making the trip possible and it was up to the players to deliver on the pitch.
“It has not been easy to mobilise resources for the trip but we just had to do it because we are flying Malawi’s flag in Africa,” he said.
Masters first participated in the continental competition in February last year and were booted out after a 5-0 aggregate loss to Petro de Luanda.
The Lilongwe-based TNM Super League side’s coach, Abbas Makawa, said his charges were ready to face the Ugandan Premier League side.
Makawa said despite poor preparations, he expected positive results in the East African country.
“We learnt valuable lessons from our first participation in the tournament. We will fight hard to win this game. We know the importance of getting a result away from home. We are not here for site-seeing. There is a mission we have to accomplish,” he said upon arrival in the Ugandan capital.
Masters are in the continental showpiece after winning the Carlsberg Cup last season.
However, some of the top stars who helped them beat giants Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers on their way to lifting the trophy are no longer available.
The stars are Babatunde Adepoju, Francis Mkonda and Vincent Nyangulu, who are now with Wanderers.