The 2016 Carlsberg Cup national draw held on Friday in Blantyre produced some interesting fixture but the most mouthwatering tie is between Lilongwe rivals Silver Strikers and Civo United in round of 32.
he fixture is a repeat of Presidential Cup when the bankers knocked out Civo United. Civo coach Milias Jegwe Pofera said they were excited by the Carlsberg Cup fixture. “They say once beaten twice shy.
We were expecting to be drawn against any team But the fact that we have been drawn against Silver Strikers gives us an opportunity to revenge the Presidential Cup loss,” he said.
In another interesting fixture, defending champions Be Forward Wanderers face their reserve side.
Team manager Steve Madeira said they were in a tricky situation. “Our intention for registering two teams in the cup was to make sure they both progress.
But the way the draw has turned out, it means only one team will survive. Anyway, as team manager for the senior team I can assure you that we will progress,” he said.
Nyasa Big Bullets have been drawn against Chipiku League’s rookies Masters Security. Bullets main supporters’ committee chairperson Stone Mwamadi described the fixtures a walkover.
“I do not even know this team,” Mwamadi said.
Bullets might feign ignorance of the Chipiku League side, but Civo United know them well since they were booted out of the Presidential Cup by these minnows.
The draw also set up some derbies as Dwangwa United clash with neighbours Mafco while Karonga United were paired against Moyale Barracks.
Speaking during the draw which was live on MBC Television, head of competitions subcommittee Jabbar Alide thanked Carlsberg Malawi for the sponsorship.
Carlsberg Malawi brands manager (alcoholic) Twikale Chirwa said they will continue partnering Football Association of Malawi through the cup and Flames sponsorship.