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Casper Jangale

Nyasa Big Bullets have asked Confederation of African Football (Caf) to allow supporters to patronise their Caf Champions League return match against South Africa Premier Soccer League side AmaZulu FC.

Bullets host AmaZulu at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on September 18.

Chief Executive Officer for the People’s Team Suzgo Nyirenda said he was optimistic that Caf would consider their request.

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“We are working hard to convince Caf to consider allowing our supporters to cheer their team. We are also working on putting in place strict Covid prevention measures should we get the go-ahead,” Nyirenda said.

Football analyst and former Football Association of Malawi (Fam) general secretary George Kaudza-Masina said Bullets should bear in mind that Caf recently turned down a similar request from Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa).

“Zifa wanted to have at least 10,000 fans at National Sports Stadium for Friday’s match against South Africa. I don’t see Caf giving a different response. Even if Caf were to waive the restriction, Malawi government’s Covid protocols might come into play.

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“Under such circumstances, the best Fam and Bullets could do is to lobby the Presidential Task Force on Covid to give preferential treatment to Caf and World Cup games by allowing that the stadium takes at least half the capacity. It has to begin here at home,” Kaudza-Masina said.

However, Fam Club Licencing and Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said Caf’s rejection of Zifa’s request was to do with a national team match.

Jangale also said Zifa were late in filing their request as their match is on Friday.

“All that Caf wants is an assurance from us that there will be safety and all issues to do with Covid will be adhered to. This is a matter involving clubs and not national teams,” he said.

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