Mafco Football Club have vowed to eliminate Be Forward Wanderers from the Standard Bank Cup preliminary round when the two sides face each on Thursday.
The two teams were pitied against each other during the draw that took place at Standard Bank offices in Lilongwe last week.
Mafco vice-chairperson Peter Overton Ng’oma was unshaken after the draw was announced.
“Mafco is a good team and deserves to be drawn against equally good teams. We are not scared of Wanderers. In fact it is them who should be scared of us because we are eliminating them from the cup. They will not survive preliminary stages,” said Ng’oma.
But Wanderers vice-general secretary Christopher Kananaji, who represented the club during the draw, was unperturbed.
“With the Carlsberg Cup win there is so much confidence in the team and the players are yearning for more. It is not possible for us to leave the stage in preliminary rounds. We are going to beat Mafco and progress to the last,” said Kananji.
In another preliminary round clash, Dedza Young Soccer Stars will face Kamuzu Barracks at a venue to be determined by Standard Bank organising committee led by Jabber Alide.
In the quarter-final draw, Blue Eagles will face Silver Strikers in a clash that also promises to be a thriller.
Eagle’s team manager Gabriel Chirwa described their draw as good.
“We have been drawn against a weaker opponent which is good news for us. I bet Silver officials are sweating at this draw,” he said.
The fixture is a big test for the newly employed Silver technical panel led by Young Chimodzi.
In other quarter-final matches Moyale Barracks take on Big Bullets in a fixture that will be hard to determine.