The rivalry between Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers resurfaces this weekend when the two teams meet to kickstart the Partners Charity Shield.
The draw, which was conducted at Capital City Motel in Lilongwe on Wednesday, was attended by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) executive member James Mwenda. The draw has pitted Big Bullets against Epac United.
The tournament has been shifted from April 4-5 to April 20-21 to pave the way for a government function at Civo Stadium on April 5.
Wanderers say they are unfazed by the draw against Silver.
“If you look at the records, you will see that they have been playing second fiddle to us. In the last three outings, we have won twice and lost once. They beat us 1-0 in Blantyre in the first round of the Super League. In the second round, we beat them 2-1 and went on to oust them from the Standard Bank tourney,” said Wanderers representative at the draw Christopher Kautsire.
Silver general secretary Owen Munthali expressed confidence that they can beat Wanderers.
“We are not scared. In fact, this affords us a great opportunity to try new players and shape up for the Presidential Cup. Our meetings with Wanderers are exciting and people are assured good attractive football,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of FAM president Walter Nyamilandu, Mwenda thanked Orange Partners for using football to raise money for flood victims.
Chairperson of the Orange Partner Organising Committee, George Tambala, said they seek to raise K10 million (about $25 000) for flood victims in Phalombe, Chikhwawa, Mangochi, Nsanje, Salima and Karonga.