The national draw for the 2016 Presidential Cup will be held today at Chiwembe’s Mpira House in Blantyre after all but four last 16 teams were identified.
This follows regional play-offs on Tuesday and Wednesday nationwide and there were no major upsets as big guns sailed though without hardly breaking sweat.
Yesterday, Moyale Barracks registered the biggest scoreline after walloping Masendesende from Chitipa 14-0 at Mzuzu Stadium.
Wizards FC had no mercy as they hammered Neno’s Partners in Health 14-2 at Mpira Stadium while Mafco whitewashed Ambassadors 13-0 at Chitowe with Richard Mbulu netting another eight goals to take his tally to 16 as top goalscorer.
Nyasa Big Bullets overcame MDF Marine of Monkey Bay 3-0 through goals from Chiukepo Msowoya, Muhammad Sulumba and Mike Mkwate.
Azam Tigers thumped Umodzi 6-0 at Kalulu Stadium while Red Lions edged Nsanama of Machinga 4-0 at Balaka Stadium.
Civo United were leading 2-0 at Civo Stadium when the game was abandoned after Master Security protested the second goal.
These teams join Be Forward Wanderers, Rumphi Pirates and Epac in the last 16.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) competitions manager Gomezgani Zakazaka said all was set for the national draw which will attract seven teams from the South, five from Centre and four from the North.
He, however, said three more matches will be played to complete the number of the teams that have qualified.
“Silver Strikers and the winners between Blue Eagles and Dwangwa Town Hammers tomorrow [today] will have to play in a third round play-off next week to determine the fifth team from Central Region as per the draw,” he said.
“The remaining regional play-offs to be played tomorrow [today] at noon are between Mchengautuwa and Manyamula at Mzuzu Stadium.
While Kabwafu face Ipota later in the afternoon at the same venue. Max Bullets will play Hard Knockers at Kalulu Stadium.”
After avoiding each other in the regional play-offs, the Super League teams will clash in the last 16.
But Bullets and Wanderers said they are ready to face any team.
“Our aim is to go all the way to the final and win the cup. We are ready to face any team that we will be paired against,” Bullets technical director Billy Tewesa said after beating MDF Marine.
On his part, Nomads coach Jack Chamangwana said: “A draw is a draw. Whatever comes, we are ready”.