Dan Kabwe’s Silver Strikers withdraw from CAF Confederation Cup
Malawian side, Silver Strikers have withdrawn from the 2021/2022 CAF Confederation Cup. The club confirmed the development in a statement by CEO, Thokozani Chimbali posted on their social media monitored by the ZamFoot Crew.
According to the statement head coach Dan Kabwe holds a CAF B and UEFA B license hence does not qualify to sit on the bench while his assistant McDonald Mtetemera who holds a CAF A has been suspended hence his availability is not guaranteed.
“Silver Strikers FC would like to inform its supporters and the general public of its decision to withdraw from the CAF Confederations Cup.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) set CAF A License as a basic mandatory requirement for all head coaches and CAF B license for Assistant coaches in the 2021/2022 CAF inter-clubs competitions, those who do not fulfill the requirement would not be allowed to be in the technical bench during the matches.
To conform to the requirements Mr. McDonald Mtetemera was registered as head coach since he holds a CAF A license and Mr. Daniel Kabwe who holds a CAF B license and UEFA B license as his deputy.
Recently, Mr. Donald Mtetemera has been suspended pending investigations. His availability cannot be guaranteed until the matter is fully investigated and concluded.”
The Bankers have since written to CAF to confirm that they have pulled out of the Competition.
“Following the unforeseeable events surrounding our technical panel, it is with deep regret that the club’s Board of Directors has advised that the team withdraws from the tournament forthwith.
We have made the decision has taken into account different options and their consequential events and the decision now outweighs the consequences.”
Silver Strikers now face a $3 000 fine for withdrawing from the Competition by the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
Part of the rules and regulations of CAF inter-club tournaments read: “A withdrawal reported after the engagement and before the establishment of the fixtures leads to the loss of the engaged club with an imposed fine of $3 000.”
Silver Strikers were actually the second team to pull out after Blue Eagles who were initially supposed to take part in the CAF Confederation Cup by virtue of being Fisd Challenge Cup winners which was a national cup withdrew their interest due to financial constraints.
The offer was then extended to Dan Kabwe’s Bankers by virtue of being Airtel Top 8 champions.
The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) licensing and compliance manager Casper Jangale yesterday confirmed to the Nation that the Central Bankers will also be fined separately by the association.
“There is a lot that goes into processing a club’s registration in such tournaments and, therefore, apart from being fined by CAF, we will also impose a fine on them.”
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