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Casper Jangale

Mighty Mukuru Wanderers’ dream of playing in the 2023 Caf Confederation Cup faces hitches following new Confederation of African Football (Caf) regulations.

The continental football governing body approved regulations and a new framework for teams.

One of the regulations is that teams must have registered women’s teams to be allowed to take part in Caf competitions.

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This means Wanderers must register a women’s football team or partner a women’s club to pass the test and compete in continental tournaments.

However, Wanderers Chairperson for Commercialisation Clement Stambuli, who is also the team’s spokesperson, said the matter will be handled at an appropriate time.

“We are aware of the requirements and already discussed the matter at management level,’’ Stambuli said.

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Last year, Caf indicated that it made the decision to improve standards of women’s football in Africa and professionalise the game.

Only Nyasa Big Bullets, Civil Service United, Blue Eagles, Moyale Barracks and Kamuzu Barracks have registered women’s football teams.

Wanderers expressed interest in taking part in the 2023 Caf Confederation Cup after winning the 2022 Airtel Top 8 Cup following a 5-3 victory on post-match penalties over Bullets at Bingu National Stadium recently.

The club’s president Thomson Mpinganjira recently said they would engage their sponsors Mukuru on the prospect of joining the Confederation Cup.

Malawi has two slots for Caf competitions, with Bullets likely to take part in Caf Champions League by virtue of being TNM Super League champions.

Fam Compliance and Club Licencing Manager Casper Jangale said regulations are clear.

“We will wait for Wanderers to tell us if they are interested in joining the Confederation Cup,’’ he said.

Sports analyst Parley Chinyama said both Wanderers and Bullets should prepare well for the competitions.

“They need to buy at least five players to withstand the heat at the continental level,’’ he said.

The Nomads participated in the 2018 Caf Champions League but were eliminated in the preliminary round following a 6-1 loss on aggregate to AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On the part of Bullets, they exited the 2021 Caf Champions League after suffering a 4-0 aggregate loss to Simba Sports Club.

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