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Race against time for Caf tourneys

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Albert Chigoga

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has set October 20 as deadline for registration of teams interested to compete in Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Two Malawian clubs Nyasa Big Bullets and Blue Eagles had expressed interest to participate in the continental club competitions.

The local clubs face race against time to confirm their participation in the competitions due to the suspension of football in the country.

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In a letter to all member associations, Caf Acting General Secretary Abdelmounaim Bah said all interested clubs must respect the licensing procedure and cooperate with their respective federation.

“We take this opportunity to inform you that the engagement will be opened September 1, 2020 on the competitions management system of Caf while the deadline to submit the engagement request of your clubs is October 20, 2020. We kindly request you to register your clubs on the CMS in accordance to the following scenarios approved by Caf Executive Committee,” reads part of the letter from Caf.

In July Caf proposed that the competitions should start in October and be completed in May next year.

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Bullets Chief Administrator, Albert Chigoga said the club would discuss on the way forward.

“It is good that Caf has finally released this communication. We will go through it and see what can be done. Our participation depends on how soon resumption of football will be communicated. Otherwise everything is hinged on that,” he said.

Bullets will take part in the Caf Champions League by virtue of being TNM Super League champions whereas Eagles were given a chance as winners of the Fisd Challenge Cup.

However, Eagles Vice General Secretary Williams Nkhoma doubted their participation

“The competition requires a lot of resources so it is a challenge. We can only take part in the competition if we get sponsorship,” he said.

This means Silver Strikers will have a chance to take part in the second-tier club competition.

Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali said he was still consulting if the club would take part in the tournament.

Last year, Bullets participated in the Caf Champions League whereas relegated Masters Security competed in the Confederations Cup.

Bullets exited in the preliminary round after losing 2-1 on aggregate to Platinum FC of Zimbabwe whereas Masters lost 3-0 on aggregate to Proline FC of Uganda in the Confederation Cup at the same stage.

In 2018, Bullets and Silver represented the country but both exited in the preliminary round after losing to Gor Mahia of Kenya and ASC of Gabon, respectively.

Be Forward Wanderers participated in the competition in 2017 but also exited at the same stage having lost 6-1 on aggregate to AS Vita of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) whereas Masters lost 5-0 to Petro de Luanda of Angola.

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