Be Forward Wanderers FC have vowed to defend the Fisd Challenge Cup, as a relief after losing in the Carlsberg Cup and Airtel Top 8 finals.
Wanderers team manager Steve Madeira made the statement yesterday after the Nomads were paired against their Moyale Barracks during the Fisd Challenge Cup draw held at Mpira Village in Chiwembe, Blantyre.
Wanderers lost to Silver Strikers in Airtel Top 8 final then their bitter rivals Nyasa Big Bullets in the Carlsberg Cup final. Both losses were on post-match penalties.
“It was painful to lose two cup finals through post-match penalties and it would be a big relief to our fans and sponsors if we defend the Fisd Cup, which is the remaining cup on the table this season,” he said.
“We know it will be a tough challenge to beat Moyale at their backyard, but we have no choice?”
He said although they managed to beat Moyale in their last three meetings, pressure will still be on the Nomads to deliver success.
In the other pairings, Bullets will be up against Dwangwa United.
Bullets administrator McWard Themba described the draw as fair.
Lilongwe-based Silver have a tough assignment against Mafco from Salima but general secretary Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda said they are ready for the soldiers.
Blue Eagles have been drawn against Chitipa United while Civil Sporting Club dates Azam Tigers.
Red Lions will host Masters Security while Mzuni FC will face PremierBet Wizard.
Wizards assistant team manager Sam Makunganya said they are satisfied with the draw.
Struggling Blantyre United face Super League defending champions Kamuzu Barracks.
According to Casper Jangale, who is acting as Football Association of Malawi (FAM) competitions manager, the competition will kick off next Wednesday with encounters among district teams and is expected to wind up on December 2. n