This yearâ€™s Standard Bank Knockout Cup has set high standards in terms of quality that has been on offer and the overall entertainment package at the grounds.
This afternoon, the battle for the K8 million (about $32 000)Â ultimate prize is expected to move a step forward when the last slot for the quarter-finals will be filled as Big Bullets take on Blantyre United in a final clash. The setting is Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
The winner in todayâ€™s showdown will join defending champions Blue Eagles and the top six teams in last seasonâ€™s Super League standingsâ€”Silver Strikers, Escom United, Mighty Wanderers, Civo United, Moyale Barracks and Epac FC.
Both BB and United advanced to the preliminary final in similar fashion.
Bullets beat Red Lions 2-0 whereas Blantyre United saw-off Azam Tigers by the same margin last Saturday. Unitedâ€™s captain Jimmy Chikulekule even had the cheek to declare that they will see-off the Bullets.
United coach Elia Kananji added to the hype, saying often it is a stroll in the park when his team faces Bullets.
Apart from Chikulekule, Unitedâ€™s other potential match winners include Brown â€˜Fisi Matamaâ€™ Mizeyi, Isaac Mphamba, Sparrow Msowoya and Tizgo Kumwenda.
On the other hand, Gabadinho at his best, has been irresistible this season. Diverson Mlozi, when focused, has simply been brilliant whereas veteran Heston Munthali keeps on getting better with age like vintage wine.
James Chilapondwa, Chimango Kaira, Henry Kabichi and Samson Chonde will orchestrate play from midfield while Fischer â€˜Anongâ€™aâ€™ Kondowe could be thrown in at a later stage.
Bullets coach Eddie Ngâ€™onamo was a model of modesty, admitting that it will be a tough encounter.
Standard Bank head of marketing Linda Kachingwe-Sisya said they have lined up a number of activities.
“Among other things, we will storm the townships with our accounts activating team and people will be able to open accounts with Standard Bank.
“At the stadium, the fans will also be able to win our branded golf shirts, T-shirts and water bottles. So, there will be lots of fun,” said Kachingwe-Sisya.
The winner of todayâ€™s match will face Epac in the quarter-finals.