Malawi champions Big Bullets have until the end of this week to decide whether they will make it to the Comoros Islands for a 2015 CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg match against Fomboni Club de Moheil.
The Bullets have, despite continued optimism, yet to secure sponsorship that would meet their K180 million (about $400 000) travel expenses around the continent. The Bullets are the only Malawian side returning to continental football since 2004.
Earlier, the Bullets chairperson, Kondie Msungama, who has denied that they were closing in on sponsorship and that their hope was on a promise made by league sponsors TNM, told the local press that they would decide on the trip by February 5, 2015.
For the trip to the islands, the Bullets need K30 million (K66 666) and have since opened a special bank account targeting some donations.
Earlier, the Bullets general secretary, Harold Fote, ignored the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda’s demand for $20 000 bank account surety for the club’s participation in the continental league.
FAM is afraid of paying the $20 000 CAF fine in the event of the Bullets’ withdrawal. “On Bullets participation in CAF competition – we are hopeful that Bullets will find a sponsor for their participation.
At this stage withdrawing will mean Bullets paying USD20 000 the same amount we had requested the club to deposit into FAM account as a precaution,” Nyirenda toldFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :