By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
With just a week before the closure of registration for Confederation of African Football (Caf) competitions, Capital City giants Silver Strikers have said they are keeping fingers crossed on their participation in continental club tournaments.
Silver are on standby for this year’s Caf competitions, with Nyasa Big Bullets and Masters Security confirming their participation.
Bullets qualified for the Champions League after winning the TNM Super League title last season whereas Masters are eligible for the Confederation Cup after winning the 2018 Carlsberg Cup.
Silver finished the 2018 season empty-handed and can only compete in Africa should Bullets or Masters fail to do so.
Silver General Secretary, Lawrence Yobe, said they had not given up on brushing shoulders with the continent’s top clubs.
“We are still keeping our fingers crossed because we know that there are several processes that clubs have to fulfill ahead of their participation in continental competitions. We are ready and eager to come in at any time should that opportunity arise,” Yobe said.
Registration for the two competitions closes on June 30, with preliminary round games expected to kick off in August.
Bullets and Masters paid $20,000 [about K15 million] to Football Association of Malawi as surety for participating in continental competitions.
Last year, Silver and Bullets took part in the Confederation Cup and the Champions League, respectively, but exited in the preliminary round.
Silver exited after a 4-3 penalty shoot-out loss to ASC of Gabon. The two sides had drawn 1-1 on aggregate.
Bullets also lost to Kenya’s Gor Mahia in similar circumstances.
Malawian clubs have struggled in continental club competitions in recent years after Wanderers went down 6-1 on aggregate to AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 2017 edition of the Champions League.
In the same year’s edition of the Confederation Cup, Masters exited after a 5-0 aggregate loss to Angolan side Petro de Luanda.
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