It never rains but pours for embattled TNM Super League side Silver Strikers as it has announced the club’s withdraw from the CAF Confederation Cup.
The decision to pull out follows failures by the side to meet the mandatory CAF A requirement for all head coaches and a CAF B for all assistant coaches taking part in the competition.
The development further comes barely a week after Silver sacked the whole technical panel before reinstating Zambian head coach Daniel Kabwe 48 hours later while suspending his assistant McDonald Mtetemera.
According to a press release signed by the bankers Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali, to conform to the requirements Mtetemera was registered as head coach for the tournament since he holds a CAF A license while head coach Kabwe was going to be his assistant as he holds a CAF B and UEFA B License respectively.
Adding that due to Mtetemera’s suspension and pending investigations. His availability cannot be guaranteed until the matter is fully investigated and concluded.
“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 this decision having taken into account different options and their consequential events and the decision now outweighs the consequences.” Reads part of the press release.
However one of the renowned soccer pundit in the country Rudoviko Nyirenda, said it was unfortunate that Silver Strikers have decided to withdraw from the CAF saying their decision to pull out doesn’t hold water as Mtetemera is still in their ranks despite the suspension.
“Silver’s withdraw is bad news to the nation as a whole because our players won’t get the chance of exposure at an African level which is bad for our football development for the country.” He said.