Simama and Sons (Simso) Northern Region Football League outfit Chitipa United are hoping for an upset when they storm Kamuzu Stadium against the People’s Team in a Fisd Challenge Cup quarter-final fixture.
The Simso league leaders are enjoying good form, having emerged the region’s Fisd Challenge Cup champions to qualify for the national level.
They are also poised to return to the TNM Super League as they lead the Simso league.
The former Super League outfit’s coach Robert Mziza has built his team around net-buster Emmanuel Muyira, captain Irvin Mwandepeka, Christopher Mtambo, Khumbo Banda and impressive goalkeeper Jeremiah Simfukwe.
This afternoon, these are the names that can spoil Bullets’ chances of silverware this season.
Mziza said tactical discipline will be key to success in this David versus Goliath match.
But Chitipa United should expect a wounded buffalo at Kamuzu Stadium.
After failing to win the Carlsberg Cup and the Airtel Top 8, the Fisd Challenge Cup is the only remaining cup available for the People’s Team to contest.
Bullets have never won the cup since it was introduced in 2016 and now have all the motivation to win it.
Bullets team manager James Chilapondwa said they are not underrating Chitipa United.
“We are taking the game seriously. For Chitipa to reach this far, it means they are a good side,” he said.
However, the quarter-final match comes at a time Bullets need undivided attention on their upcoming Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Champions League first leg against Kenya champions Gor Mahia.
Meanwhile, the Fisd Challenge Cup action continues tomorrow with Be Forward Wanderers hosting Airborne Rangers at the same venue.
On Sunday, Blue Eagles host last year finalists Moyale Barracks at Nankhaka. n