Blue Eagles will taste Caf Champions League football if they finish in the top four of the TNM Super League.
Chairperson Alexander Ngwala said communication to that effect has already been made to all stakeholders at the club.
“Communication to the team’s hierarchy and management was made and everyone is aware of this arrangement. All what is left is finishing in the top four. We will work hard to achieve this goal so that we compete in Africa.
“Plans are currently underway to beef up the squad with some players who are undergoing police training. Of course, we have confidence in the current crop of players but we just want to have a deep squad. We need to assemble a very strong team capable of withstanding the heat,” Ngwala said.
He said the news has been greeted with excitement in the team, which lies third on the table with 46 points from 21 games.
“Everybody who is part of the club is looking forward to seeing our colours in Africa’s biggest club competition. Our technical panel and players cannot wait to represent the country in this top competition. Our sights are now firmly set on achieving our goal,” Ngwala said.
Some of the players who are undergoing police training are Lanken Mwale, Hendrix Misinde, Wonder Jeremani, Schubert Kuwali Junior, Grant Zakumbuyo and Steve Msiska.
One of the country’s football analysts Isaac Kamanga said Eagles’ participation in the Champions League would be good for Malawi football.
“It is commendable that Eagles are planning for continental football. We need more of our top clubs playing against the best in Africa. However, the next question is whether Eagles have the right credentials to challenge the best on the continent. But I am happy for them and their ambitions.
“It is good to dream in colour. My reservations are on the calibre of players they have. I would have loved to see them sign two or three good foreign players with experience in Caf competitions. This will help them compete and not just participate,” Kamanga said.
He said Eagles would do well to learn from Nyasa Big Bullets who have been competing in continental competitions for many years.
“Bullets have been in the Caf Champions League for about four consecutive years now with nothing to show for it despite being our champions. There are reasons why they have failed to make it beyond the preliminary round. I believe it is tough out there and I would advise Eagles to think beyond local players,” Kamanga said.
Eagles are a point behind Kamuzu Barracks, who have played 24 games, while leaders and defending champions Bullets have amassed 56 points from 22 games.
The cops take on struggling Rumphi United at Rumphi Stadium Friday before meeting Ekwendeni Hammers at Mzuzu Stadium on Sunday.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.