The two Malawian teams should not despair

The social media is awash of derisive comments targeted at Master Security and Mighty Wanderers following their embarrassing performance in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) club championship over the weekend.

Masters Security lost 0-5 to Petro Atletico of Angola on Saturday in the preliminary of the Caf Confederation Cup while the Nomads went down 0-4 in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) against AS Vita in the Champions League the following day.

These are not ordinary opponents in as far as African club football is concerned. They are well experienced while our clubs are never afforded chance to regulary participate in these two tournaments.

Wanderers and Big Bullets have had a go at these competitions but once they are ousted, they take a bow from further participation in the next season.

Our counterparts go on to invest further in order to be at par with everybody. Most of these teams have foreign players tapped from across Africa and beyond. The five goals  for Petro Atletico were scored by Brazilians — Tiago Azulao, Tony Rosa Ribeiro (3) and Diney Costa dos Santos.

We want our teams to represent us well at these tournaments but yet  we are reluctant to invest in it. Malawian football needs serious overhaul from grassrooots to club level that will assist build a strong national team.

Our national team fail at all stages because the foundation is not strong at local level. Because many African FAs rely on their foreign-based players, especially those from Europe for the African Cup of Nations and the World Cup, Caf decided to initiate a special tournament for national teams — the African National Championship (CHAN) — which is strictly for domestic league players.

But Malawi have never gone far in this tournament to reach the finals simply because our domestic league is not good enough. Football is a very serious business but here in Malawi it is taken as a pastime.

As the government is on full throttle to provide stadia for our sports, we are busy decampaigning it, saying this is a waste of resources.

In what way is this a waste of resources? If it is being done at the expense of other amenities, why not demand them in the same breath political critics have attached to their criticism of building stadia.

Good infrastructure go together with sports investment. Sports is a serious employment opportunity for many people and the more we invest in it, more stakeholders shall join in to make it stronger.

Those in the two teams administration should make sure that they don’t despair once they bow out of the tournaments but go back to the drawing board and see where it went wrong.

The coming second legs should be used to amend such shortfalls and try and get a win even if you fail to qualify. The fans shall forgive you is you manage a win at home to bow out with some honour.

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Mwinithengo Azidya Papakulu
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Mwinithengo Azidya Papakulu

This is good stuff ,the way we manage our football affairs is funny.How can you source MK50,000.000.00 to compete for a M15,000,000.00.Its pastime indeed and not business as we put it.We need all players in soccer affairs to be more like pro football business.

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