Kamuzu Barracks FC face Dedza Young Soccer Stars this afternoon in the Standard Bank Cup preliminary round.
The two teams previously shared Dedza Stadium and their rivalry is fierce in Dedza.
When the two sides met in the 2015 TNM Super League first round, KB lost 0-1.
“We are yet to recover from that loss. The players know that we cannot afford another humiliation. We are really motivated and fans should expect a great game,” said KB coach Temwa Msuku in an interview on Tuesday in Lilongwe.
Between the goal posts, Msuku has the option of either using experienced hands of Amadou Ali or Victor Nangwale.
In defence, Mustapha Salimu and Pilirani Makupe are expected to stop Dedza’s offensive.
Harvey Mkacha, Kelvin Malikebu and Dave Banda are proven names in the centre.
But the focus of attack will be on 19-year-old Samson Chiponda who if unchecked will humiliate Dedza.
“He is a promising striker and we expect goals from him,” said Msuku.
Dedza have lost key players to other teams during the transfer window.
There playmaker John Banda is with Silver Strikers, striker Willard Dickson has joined Epac FC while his partner Joseph Kwalira is with Civo United.
Despite the loss of key players, coach Milias Pofera Jegwa is optimistic of progressing to the quarter-finals.
“Of course, it is difficult when you don’t have your best players in your team. But we have a game plan and players to win us the match,” said Jegwa.