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Malawi’s Silver Strikers have withdrawn from the CAF Confederation Cup. The Lilongwe based club issued a statement announcing the decision.

The club’s Chief Executive Officer, Thokozani Chambali cited the qualifications of coach Daniel Kabwe as the reason for pulling out. Kabwe holds the CAF B and UEFA B licences which fall below the required CAF A licence.

“The Confederation of African Football set CAF A Licence as a basic mandatory requirement for all head coaches and CAF B Licence for Assistant Coaches in the 2021/2022 CAF Inter-Clubs competitions, those who do not fulfill the requirement would not be allowed to be on the technical bench during matches,” Chimbali said is quoted as saying.

The club find itself in the coaching pickle after suspending head Macdonald Mtetemera. Mtetemera holds the necessary qualifications but was put on suspension after being initially been on full dismissal. Silver Strikers’ stance seems to indicate that Mtetemera might not be returning to position anytime soon.

“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,” explained Chambali.

Kabwe has led Strikers to second on the log, two points behind Nyasa Big Bullets, having played a game more. The club may be looking to concentrate on over-hauling Bullets and winning the FDH Cup without the distractions of an Africa safari.

The draw for the CAF Confederation Cup and Champions League is set for the 17th of August in Cairo.