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Silver Strikers to join Caf in 2022

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Silver Strikers have shelved plans to join this year’s Caf Confederation Cup saying they want to focus on building a strong squad for two years.

Priority for Caf competitions will be given to TNM Super League champions, Nyasa Big Bullets, and Fisd Challenge Cup winners, Blue Eagles.

But Silver had a chance to join the competition by virtue of being Airtel Top 8 champions and are entitled to join Caf Confederation Cup should Eagles decide not to take part in the continental club competition this year.

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However, on Friday, Silver General Secretary, Innocent Kadam’manja, said the club has no plans for this year’s Caf competitions.

“We have not discussed anything at executive committee level about Caf competitions but we are not taking part. Our plans are to build a strong team so that we can compete in 2022 because we do not want to participate but to compete,” Kadammanja said.

The Lilongwe-based club will likely lose striker, Khuda Muyaba, who was offered a deal by a Moroccan side. Silver are also hunting for a replacement of Young Chimodzi Senior as head coach after he announced he would retire at the end of his contract in March this year.

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Last year, Silver were interested in participating in the competition but relegated Masters Security took part as they were holders of the then national cup, Carlsberg Cup.

Registration for this year’s Caf competitions is expected to start on April 1.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, confirmed that priority for the 2020 Caf competitions would be on Bullets and Eagles.

Eagles Chairperson, Alexander Ngwala, said they were assessing Cost of participating in Caf tourney.

“We are still on it but once we finalise it we will present it to our management to look into the issue. We believe we have the capacity to participate in Caf Confederations and our squad is also good which can compete beyond the preliminary rounds,” he said.

Silver last participated in the Confederation Cup in 2018 but exited the competition after a 4-3 loss on post-match penalties to ASC of Gabon whereas Bullets were also booted out in similar fashion to Gor Mahia of Kenya.

Last year, Bullets exited the competition after a 3-2 aggregate loss to FC Platinum of Zimbabwe.

In 2017, Be Forward Wanderers took part in the Caf Champions League but lost 6-1 on aggregate to AS Vita of Democratic Republic of Congo whereas Masters lost 5-0 on aggregate to Petro De Luanda of Angola.

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