Nyasa Big Bullets FC has revealed plans to withdraw from participating in this year’s Confederation of African football Champions League.
According to the statement released by the team today the management has decided to pull out due to delayed approval by authorities for early preparations.
The statement further said the team submitted a letter to Football Association of Malawi last month requesting for early training but there’s no response up to date.
Part of the statement reads: “…The reason necessitating our plan to withdraw from the continental competition is delayed approval by authorities for early training preparations following the suspension of sports activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our letter, which was submitted to the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on 28th September 2020, requesting permission for early training has not been replied to date, despite our persistent follow ups through the Association”
“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”
The statement also said their failure to start early preparations has halted their desire to compete in this year’s tournament.
“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”
The 2020/21 continental showpiece is expected to kick of in November.
Blue Eagles were the first to pull out following financial challenges the team is facing due to Covid19. Now with the withdraw of the people’s team it means the country will have no representative this campaign.
By Erik Chiputula