Nyasa Big Bullets may miss 2020/21 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League scheduled to kick off in November due to delayed approval by authorities for early training preparations.
The 2019 Super League Champions appears to be racing against time and growing even more impatient due to the FA’s continued silence on their request to commence preparations for the continental showpiece.
Bullets reportedly submitted the letter to the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on 28th September 2020 which it claims has not been responded to despite making persistent follow ups.
In a statement Nyasa Big Bullets Chief Administrative Officer, Albert Chigoga said: “Hoping that we would be given the permission to start early preparations, we embarked on steps to prepare our team by testing for Covid-19 as well as conducting fitness test with our players, besides processing for Club Licensing for the CAF registration.
“Considering how competitive CAF Champions League is, coupled with our desire to compete and not to participate for the sake of it, we feel that failure to start early preparations put us at a disadvantage to represent our country as serious contenders, hence our decision to consider withdrawing from this year’s campaign.”
There was no immediate response from the Football Association of Malawi on the claims Bullets has made.
The news is another blow for Bullets FC President Konrad Buckle who included the annual participation of the team in CAF Champions League among key conditions for taking over the club.
Immediately after Nyasa Manufacturing Company acquired all the stakes in the team in 2017, the club participated during the 2017/2018 CAF Champions League campaign.
However, the people’s team’s campaign began on a rocky start after the Kenyan Premier League outfits Gor Mahia dumped them out of the tournament.
Bullets lost 4-3 on post-match penalties to hand Gor Mahia access to the next round of CAF Champions League on a silver platter.
Similarly, the clubs dreams of advancing to the group stages of the 2018/2019 Champions League ended when they lost 3-2 to Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum 3-2 in a match played at Barbourfields Stadium.