Big Bullets still lead the K20 million (about $80 000) Standard Bank Knockout votes but, as of Monday, Bvumbwe Research were out of the race while Mafco are the new entrants in the third week of voting.
Bullets received 894 votes followed by Azam Tigers with 603 votes. Zomba-based soldiers Red Lions are third on 219 votes, followed by Blantyre United with 184 votes. Mafco are fifth with 68 votes, according to the bankâ€™s head of marketing Linda Kachingwe-Sisya.
This is a slight change to last week when the trend had Bullets, Tigers, Lions, Bvumbwe and Blantyre taking up first, second, third, fourth and fifth places respectively.
Kachingwe-Sisya on Tuesday urged supporters to cast votes through the bankâ€™s branches ahead of the June 30 cut-off point.
“Existing customers are therefore encouraged to vote for their favourite teams after transacting and new customers are also entitled to vote each time they transact in our branches. We are encouraging those who are not yet Standard Bank customers to hurry to their nearest branch to open an account,” she said.
After voting, a draw will take place on August 3 at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre. The four best teams to be voted will have a play-off, from which one top team will join the six clubs that automatically qualified by virtue of their rank in the previous Super League season; andthe defending champions, Blue Eagles.
Teams that sealed automatic qualification for participation are Silver Strikers, Escom United, Mighty Wanderers, Civo United, Moyale Barracks, Epac FC and Blue Eagles.