Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers will clash in FDH Bank Cup quarter-finals following a draw held yesterday at Football Association of Malawi’s (FAM) Mpira Village in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre.
Coincidentally, the draw was conducted just hours before the teams clashed in a TNM Super League match at Kamuzu Stadium.
The two giants are neck-to-neck in the league championship battle and now they will extend the rivalry to the cup.
Meanwhile, Mighty Wanderers were drawn against Salima-based Mafco FC—the side they face this afternoon in the TNM Super League—while Ekwendeni Hammers take on Ntopwa FC.
One lower league side between Dedza Young Soccer and Rumphi United will make it to the semi-finals after the two were drawn against each other.
The winner between Ekwendeni and Ntopwa will face Dedza Young Soccer or Rumphi United while the winner between Bullets and Silver will face either Mafco or Wanderers.
FDH Bank marketing manager Ronald Chinchere said the sponsors are excited as the competition enters the quarter-finals.
He said: “As sponsors, we are happy with how the cup has progressed this far as we are in the quarter-finals. We started with regional teams getting K500 000. We are happy that two regional teams have used the resources to reach the quarter-finals. At this point losing quarter-finalists will get K1million.”
Chinchere said they expect fireworks in the quarter-finals as the battle for the K25 million ultimate prize intensifies.
“As we promised, we will now start picking man-of-the-match who will be getting a miniature and K50 000. He will be paid right there after the match using our digital platforms,” he said.
FDH Bank Cup has since unveiled Watsala Watsala as the slogan for the cup.
“The slogan tells it all. It’s Watsala Watsala. You lose you are out. Looking at the structure of the draw, it will be an exciting quarter-finals and this is what we have been looking forward to.
“I am sure football fans are also looking forward to the fixtures. To the teams, all we can say is all the best. K25 million is at stake. Let’s see who will take the cup in the inaugural competition and the K25 million.”
FAM commercial and marketing director Limbani Matola thanked FDH Bank for sponsoring the cup.
“Indeed FDH Bank Cup has reached a climax, but it’s important to underline the fact that before we look at the stakes on the table, the K25 million for the winner, we should also look at the contribution that this cup has made to football development.
“Sixty-four teams from the regional leagues participated in this competition. Out of that, we have seen even two teams making it all the way to the quarter-finals. It’s something that tells you that this cup has helped to develop the game. It has helped even the regional leagues’ teams to develop their stamina and even beat TNM Super League teams.”
FAM competitions and communications director Gomezgani Zakazaka said the quarter-finals will be played between August 7 and 8.
“The competitions committee will now meet and decide the venues and actual dates for the matches,” he said.
The final is scheduled for September 25.