While TNM Super League teams are, once again, conspicuously missing from the list of participants for next year’s continental club competitions, there is solace in foreign-based footballers.
Six Malawian footballers, spread among clubs in Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa, will have a run in the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League and Confederations Cup. Caf conducted the draw in Egypt on Wednesday.
Former Be Forward Wanderers’ veteran midfielder, Lawrence Majawa, will be involved in Champions League action. His Botswana league champions, Township Rollers, have been drawn against CNPAS of Madagascar.
In South Africa, midfielders, Robert Ng’ambi and Gerald Phiri Jnr, also stand a chance to feature for Platinum Stars, who were drawn against Uniao do Songo from Mozambique in the preliminary round, which will kick off on February 10 2017.
The game is set to involve more Malawians as Songo’s key players are former Silver Strikers goalkeeper, Charles Swini and midfielder Frank Banda.
If Stars advance, they will play the winner of the fixture between Vipers SC of Uganda and Volcan de Moroni from the Comoros. Yes, even clubs from the Comoros are involved in continental football.
Striker Gabadinho Mhango can also taste continental club competition as his Bidvest Wits of South Africa take on Reunion islands side, AS Saint Louisianne.
Nyasa Big Bullets were the last Malawian club to participate in the Caf Champions League in 2014, but at a huge cost as the giants are still reeling from debts due to their expensive continental engagements.
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