TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers will clash in the Presidential Cup last 16 if the Bankers sail past table toppling Blue Eagles.
This follows a draw held at Football Association of Malawi’s (FAM) Mpira House offices yesterday.
Bullets technical director Billy Tewesa said they were ready for any team that would emerge from the play-off between the two Lilongwe giants.
“Our aim is to do well in the competition. We are not looking at the strengths or weaknesses of our opponents.We will do anything possible to stop any team that stands in our way,” he said.
Silver assisstant coach Lovemore Fazili said he would comment after their third round encounter against Blue Eagles.
Bullets’ rivals, Be Forward Wanderers, have been drawn against Malawi Defence Force (MDF) side Red Lions.
Nomads coach Jack Chamangwana described the draw as tricky.
“The competition is now getting tougher. We are now getting into unavoidable fixtures against fellow top-flight league teams and it is difficult to predict the outcome. Nevertheless, as Wanderers, we are well prepared to face any team,” said Chamangwana.
Wizards FC have been paired against fellow Super League outfit Max Bullets who beat lower league side Hard Knockers 11-1 yesterday.
Moyale Barracks will be at home against either fellow elite league side Civo United or lower league opponents Masters Security.
The two sides’ second round encounter on Wednesday was abandoned in the 28th minute as the hosts, Civo, were leading 2-0.
Other top-flight league sides Epac and Dwangwa United will play host to lower league teams Dululu FC and Rumphi Pirates, respectively whereas Kabwafu will engage Mchengautuba FC.
Malawi National Council of Sports board member Krishna Achuthan, who represented government during the draw, commended FAM for administering the cup professionally.
“The matches have been peaceful with no acts of violence and hooliganism and we believe the same will continue as the competition enters the crucial title deciding stages,” he said.
The last 16 matches will be played next weekend. n