FAM’s First Instant Body is expected to meet today to assess Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers ability to meet the requirements to participate in CAF club tournaments.
The People’s Team have shown interest to take part in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League while the Central Bankers are set to compete in the CAF Confederation cup.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) licensing and compliance manager Casper Jangale said in an interview yesterday that both clubs were expected to finalise submitting the necessary documents yesterday.
He said: “They both completed the preliminary process which includes paying the $300 [about K243 000] participation fee.
“The First instant Body will go through the documents to see if the two clubs meet the five criteria of club licensing which are sporting, infrastructure, administration and personnel, financial as well as legal.”
Jangale said it is only after meeting the requirements that the two teams will be registered for the continental tournaments which are expected to kick off on September 10.
“The First Instant body will meet this Saturday to go through the documentation ahead of the June 30 deadline for registration,” he said.
The participating teams are also required to pay $15 000 (about K12 million) surety to FAM in case of eventualities such as failure to meet some expenses and withdrawing when the tournament is in progress.
In an interview yesterday, Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga said they are optimistic of passing the test.
“Except for a report on the stadium assessment, we have submitted all the necessary requirements and we are confident that our participation will be approved,” he said.
Silver chief executive officer Thoko Chimbali was not available for comment yesterday.
The People’s Team last participated in the elite tournament in 2019 when they were kicked out in the preliminaries by FC Platinum of Zimbabwe 3-2 on aggregate while Silver last participated in the tournament in 2018 when they were also booted out in the preliminary round by Gabonese side AO CMS in post-match penalties.