Malawi champions Silver Strikers FC eyeing CAF league

Malawi’s TNM Super League Champions Silver Strikers  FC says they are planning to join the Confederation of African (CAF)  Champions League if their sponsors, Reserve Bank of Malawi,  give then a node to do so.

This was disclosed by the club Board of Trustees chairman Kelvin M’mangisa on Friday when the team presented their K60 Million TNM Super League Trophy to their sponsors at a colorful ceremony held at the club house in Area 47, Lilongwe.

In his speech, M’mangisa described the team as the true conquerors on the local scene therefore the need for it to go and shine on the international level.

Silver players and fans cerebrating their victory with Harvey Nkacha lifting the trophy. Photo: Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

“We want to show other people from other countries why we are called champions and if given a chance we will do just that. We have good players, well disciplined and we can achieve more and I promise the fans that we are really going to achieve more,” said M’mangisa.

“We are the only well sponsored club, we have a bus, we have a stadium, we have a club house everything, so winning is a thank you to our sponsors,” he added.

Taking his turn, Reserve Bank Governor, Dr  Perks Ligoya said he will take the message to his colleagues at the central Bank and will provide a formal response as soon as the board members scrutinize the issue.

He however revealed he is confident that a team like Silver can do better if given a chance to participate in competitions like CAF.

Ligoya  said this will lighten up Malawi football on the international scene and Malawians players will have a chance to play abroad.

“I am sure a team like Silver Strikers if we expose them and from what they are doing, I am sure we can do better,” said Ligoya.

He also emphasized that there is a need to engage the government if a dream of joining CAF is anything to go by since it is also a social responsibility for the government to promote sports.

Ligoya  handed over grey envelopes packed with K10, 000.00 to each of the Silver players as a token of appreciation for a job well done by grabbing the 2011-2012 TNM Super League Championship.

Ligoya promised to give out more if the team continues to do better and win the Presidential Cup which is expected to kick off on district level this coming weekend and by returning the Super League championship.

The current Big Bullets F.C by then known as Bakili Bullets was the last team to have participated in CAF Championship from Malawi and the team enjoyed one of its glamorous periods, reaching the lucrative group stages of CAF in 2003.

The team managed to draw and beat a number of big international clubs including Zanaco of Zambia, Enyimba of Nigeria and many others in the process.

Meanwhile, the team is expected to start a talent search to recruit a few new players to beef up the squad according to the team Chairman Dr. Macdonald Mafuta Mwale.

He said the newly recruited players will fit in the positions of Sibusiso Padambo, Hellings Mwakasungura and Itai Nundwe who have taken over the coaching role.

Mwale could not reveal names of the players they are targeting but only expressed gratitude towards the return of their Striker Green Harawa and midfielder Blessings Tembo who haven’t played for about a year each after they sustained serious injuries.

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