Epac FC, the surprise package in the Orange Partners Charity Shield scheduled for this Saturday at Civo Stadium, say they want to cause an upset against Big Bullets.
Epac line up against Bullets in a late match on Saturday. The winner will face either Silver Strikers or Mighty Wanderers in the finals on Sunday.
“People are saying why us, and not Civo or Blue Eagles. But our inclusion was because we gave the three top teams Silver, Bullets and Wanderers tough opposition last season. On Saturday, we want to show doubters that we were worth to be in the shield. We will punish Bullets,” said Epac owner Dean Josiah-Banda.
Bullets, who are buoyed up after winning the GOtv Soccer Bonanza against Silver Strikers last Saturday, go into the match as favourites.
In an interview on the sidelines of the game against Silver on Saturday, Bullets coach Eddington Ng’onamo said they will beat Epac but just need not to be complacent.
“In competitive football we do not have to relax but play our lungs out. Epac does not offer us any threat. But we need to be at our best and let not the GOtv victory get into our heads. There is a lot at stake,” said Ng’onamo.
Winners of the Orange Partners Shield will cart home K1 million whereas the losers will get K500 000 (about $1 250), according to chairperson of the organising committee George Tambala.
The organisers will also give each participating team K30 000 (about $750) with Blantyre teams also having their accommodation and transport expenses paid for.
There will also be monetary rewards for the best player of the tournament, the top goal scorer and the most disciplined team.