Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has announced that the Airtel Top 8 will kick off on November 6 with Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets hosting Mafco in the opening match at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
FAM competitions and communication director Gomezgani Zakazaka said all is set for the competition’s kick-off.
He said: “We have finalised the preparations to kick off the tournament and we are ready for the fourth season of the competition.
“We expect exciting matches as you know this is more like the winner-takes-all competition.”
On his part, Airtel marketing director Thokozani Sande said: “We’re excited to roll out this new season for Airtel Top 8 and are looking forward to watching the giants battle it out for the new K17 million and K5.5 million prize money.”
Fixtures released by the association, show that the People’s Team will host the Salima-based soldiers from Malawi Armed Forces College (Mafco) on November 6.
The second match of the competition will see Mighty Wanderers hosting Moyale Barracks from Mzuzu at the same venue the following day.
Two time winners defending champions Silver Strikers will begin their title defence with a home tie against TN Stars of Kasungu at Nankhaka ground on November 13.
Civil Service United (Civo) and Karonga United will wrap up the quarter-final first legs phase at Civo Stadium on November 14.
In the return leg, Moyale will play Wanderers on November 20 at a venue to be communicated later while Mafco will host Bullets to Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota the following day.
Karonga Stadium will then host the Karonga United versus Civo on November 27.
TN Stars will take on Silver at Kasungu Stadium the following day.
Airtel Malawi Plc in July announced the return of the competition under the theme “Tiyipatse Moto” with an increased sponsorship from K198 million to K234 million for the next three years.
The sponsorship has been hike from K198 million to K234 million represents a K36 million increament with the champions now taking home K17 million up from K15 million.
The competition did not take place last year due Covid-19 pandemic.