The battle for stakes in this year’s edition of Carlsberg Cup continues this weekend with must-watch fixtures that will see four teams progressing to the semi-finals.
And the teams that will sail through to the semifinal berth will be presented with a set of uniforms by the sponsors, Carlsberg Malawi.
Four casualties also are expected as evidenced in previous matches where five super league teams lost to lower league sides.
Cup holders, Big Bullets faces Salima based soldiers Mafco FC, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers will host rookies Dedza Young Soccer, lower league side Support Battalion will fight for the semifinal slot against Silver Strikers while Kamuzu Barracks will engage their brothers in arms Moyale Barracks.
Bullets, widely known as The People’s Team, will likely miss the services their rejuvenated goal poacher Chiukepo Msowoya, who is expected to fly to South Africa this week for trials with Premier Soccer League side Bidvest Wits.
Being played on knock-out basis, the tournament involved 15 TNM Super League sides and about 36 lower league sides.
Initially, the first phase of the competition involved the 36 regional teams. Each region contributed 12 teams and nine teams progressed to the second phase where they joined the super league sides.
“The competition has been impressive. The teams have been giving all their best to progress to the next round. We have witnessed a lot of goals and there has been some shocking result as well as we saw five super league teams losing to lower league sides.
“We are satisfied with the progress. The performance on the ground has been so impressive and the behavior of fans and teams has been very good and we expect the same in coming fixtures,” said Gomezgani Zakazaka, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Competitions Manager.
He said they are yet to come up the venue for the finals, revealing that the sponsors of the tournament, Carlsberg Malawi will provide uniforms to teams that will progress to the semifinals.
Meanwhile, forward Justin Duwe of OP Master of Lilongwe is currently leading the chase for the golden boot award with five goals, followed by Silver Strikers’ forward Green Harawa, who is just a goal shy. The golden boot award is K100,000.
The teams that will bow out in the quarterfinals will receive K300,000 each, semi-finalists will get K500,000 each, runners up K4 million while K9 million is for the champions. Some K100,000 will go to the Discovery of the Tournament.
Following is Carlsberg Cup Quarterfinal fixtures
Saturday 1st August 2015
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers vs. Dedza Young Soccer at Kamuzu Stadium
Support Battalion FC vs. Silver Strikers at Civo Stadium
Kamuzu Barracks vs. Moyale at Nankhaka Stadium
Sunday 2nd August 2015
Mafco vs. Big Bullets @ Civo Stadium
All games to kickoff at 2:30 PM
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