FAM courts clubs on CAF tourneys

FAM courts clubs on CAF tourneys

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has started the process of registering clubs for the 2024/25 Confederation of African Football (CAF) inter-club tournaments.

The association’s licensing and compliance manager Casper Jangale said in an interview yesterday that they received communication from CAF on Thursday to start the process.

Bullets taking on TP Mazembe during last year’s CAF Champions League

He said: “We have engaged clubs to apply for participation either in the CAF Champions League or the CAF Confederation Cup.

“But the first right of refusal is with Bullets, having won all silverware last season and we have given them until May 25 to choose which tournament they want to compete in so that thereafter, we can advise any other interested team to compete in the other competition.”

He also said teams that wish to take part in continental club tournaments will have to undergo the CAF inter-club club licensing process.

“They [CAF] have given us a June 30 deadline. So, from June 1 to 15 they will be submitting the required documents to enable the First Instant Body to go through the documents and make a determination,” said Jangale.

Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga said they are in receipt of the communication from CAF through FAM.

“We will do the needful in terms of which direction to take. We have ample time to decide regarding participation,” he said.

Last month, Bullets coach Kallisto Pasuwa said despite beefing up his squad with seven new signings, the People’s Team was not ready to compete in the Champions League.

Pasuwa then said the team lacks depth to compete with the continent’s elite clubs.

He said this after Bullets drew their first two TNM Super League matches 1-1 against PremierBet Dedza Dynamos and 0-0 with Mighty Tigers.

“We need to have a spine… a complete team. Yes, we have been doing well locally, but we have been faltering a lot in the CAF Champions League. So, I cannot say we are ready,” he was quoted as having said.

Apart from the TNM Super League title, Bullets also won the Castel Challenge Cup, FDH Bank Cup and Airtel Top 8.

Silver, who finished as runners-up in the league and Castel Cup, said they are not ready to take part in CAF tournaments.

On the other hand, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, who finished third, said the board would consider the team’s participation based on its performance between the start of the season and June.

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