A bigger mismatch seldom occurs like the Carlsberg Cup quarter finals contest between Mafco FC and Nyasa Big Bullets on Saturday, but the Peoples Team Technical Director Billy Tewesa believes the struggling side could well be a difficult assignment.
The Salima based soldiers, who will miss the services of their three key players namely Richard Mbulu, Paul Ndolvu and Stain Malata due to bans for indiscpline — host the Blantyre based outfit at Civo Stadium, but the league champions will be guarded about becoming complacent against their less-fancied foes.
“With no disrespect to Mafco, we know that they will come hard on us after we beat them in the Presidential Cup in Blantyre,” said Tewesa at a training session in Blantyre before the teams departure to Lilongwe on Thursday.
“It will not be an easy game especially because they still have the anger in the Presidential Cup it won’t be easy. This will be a difficult game.”
Mafco come off a semi-final exit in the Presidential Cup to Bullets, and their coach Thomas Maloya said his side would still be in cup mode.
“The players are ready for it. There’s a little bit of extra desire, they didn’t manage to get through to the final of the Presidential Cup, now they’ll be hoping to have a good run in this one [competition].”
Having failed to reach the final of the previous cup competition fresh in the memory of Maloya’s
players, he denied it would heap more pressure on his team.
Maloya further explained a winning mentality was the key to winning trophies.