Away goal rule will apply in Airtel Top 8 quarter-finals in case of a tie, the competition’s organising committee has announced.
Briefing the participating teams on the rules and regulations of the cup, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) competition manager Gomezgani Zakazaka said the quarter-finals will be played in two legs—home and away.
The away goals rule is a method of breaking ties when teams play each other twice, once at each team’s home ground.
In case of a tie the team that has scored more goals away from home, win if scores are otherwise equal.
The quarter-finals draw was held on Wednesday evening in Blantyre.
The most anticipated fixture is between Silver Strikers and Nyasa Big Bullets.
However, an all-Malawi Defence Force sides clash between Mafco and Moyale Barracks also promises fireworks.
Lilongwe, on the other hand, will have a privilege of watching most quarter-finals action as it will also host a derby between Blue Eagles and Super League champions Kamuzu Barracks.
Be Forward Wanderers seem to have had mother luck smile on them as they were drawn against Azam Tigers who have been terrible in recent cup games.
The first legs of the quarter-final matches will be played on May 13 and 14 while the second legs will be played on the weekend of may 20 and 21.The semi-final draw will be held soon after one of the quarter-final matches with the games scheduled for May 27 and 28.The final will be played on June 3.
Airtel marketing director Emmanuel Kasambara said football fans should gear up for the exciting tournament. n