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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Silver Strikers are playing a waiting game on their participation in this year’s Caf Confederation Cup as they have been placed on standby.

Winners of last year’s Carlsberg Cup, Masters Security, will be given priority to compete in the continental competition.

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Nyasa Big Bullets will take part in the Caf Champions League by virtue of being TNM Super League champions.

Malawi has one slot each in the Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Registration for the two competitions is underway and closes on May 30.

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Silver General Secretary, Lawrence Yobe, said Football Association of Malawi (Fam) told them that they are on standby in the event that Masters decide not to take part.

“We are still planning for the tournament although we are on standby. We are just keeping our fingers crossed on the matter. We learnt a lot when we competed last year and we want to have another go,’’ Yobe said.

Fam Transfer Matching Systems Manager Casper Jangale said Bullets, Silver and Masters fulfilled domestic club licensing requirements and were fit to compete in Africa.

“We have started the process but the rules are clear. Priority is given to league champions and cup winners. In this case, Bullets and Masters have an advantage while Silver also have a chance depending on other circumstances,” Jangale said.

Masters owner, Alfred Gangata, was not available yesterday to confirm if they are indeed taking part.

But Bullets Chief Administrator, Albert Chigoga, recently indicated that the team would play in the Champions League.

Last season, Silver and Bullets took part but exited in the preliminary rounds.

Silver lost 4-3 to ASC of Gabon whereas Bullets lost by the same margin to Kenyan giants Gor Mahia on post-match penalties.

Masters exited the competition in 2017 after losing 5-0 on aggregate to Petro de Lunda of Angola.

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