TNM Super League side Blue Eagles have presented a K40 million CAF Confederation Cup initial budget after their sponsor, the Malawi Police Service, asked for financial needs before making a decision.
The Confederation Cup is a second-tier competition of African club football, ranked below the CAF Champions League. Eagles qualify for this year’s tournament after winning the Fisd Challenge Cup.
“After expressing our interest to take part in this year’s competition, management asked us to submit a budget,” said Eagles chairperson Alexander Ngwala.
According to him, $20 000 (about K15 million) will be participation surety which is refundable, K12 million will go towards air tickets for the preliminary round away match.
The remaining funds are for local transport, accommodation of match officials and visiting team, among other expenses.
Ngwala said their objectives of competing in the CAF tournament are exposing Malawi football and combating crime.
“CAF club competitions improve the country’s status on the international scene. Secondly, we use football to spread anti-crime messages. We have done this locally and we can carry the same message internationally,” he said.
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu has made a commitment to financially support local clubs’ participation in CAF competitions.
“Our game has to develop and be competitive from all angles starting with the clubs which are the heart and soul of the beautiful game. This is why we are advancing the need to support the top two teams’ participation in the CAF tournaments.
“We are mindful that club sponsorship in the country is hard to come by; hence, the motivation for government subsidy,” he said. This year’s CAF club competitions are expected to kick-off in August, but teams are required to pay the registration fee much earlier.