Bullets, Wanderers to tussle in Luso TV  ‘Bus Ipite’ cup

Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers will tussle each other in a two-legged football bonanza dubbed  ‘Bus Ipite Football Fiesta’ courtesy of Luso Television (TV) that will see eventual winners taking home a 26-seater Nissan Civilian bus worth K25 million.

Mighty Wanderers secretray Mike Butao (L) and Bullets secretary Kelvin Moyo - Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Mighty Wanderers secretray Mike Butao (L) and Bullets secretary Kelvin Moyo – Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Bullets official Kelvin Moyo receives the sponsorship agreement from Luso TV

Bullets official Kelvin Moyo receives the sponsorship agreement from Luso TV

The revelation was made on Wednesday during a joint news briefing between Luso TV, officials  from both clubs and Football Association of Malawi at Mpira Village in Blantyre.

Dickson Shumba from Luso TV said they will meet all the costs for the two teams. For instance, they will provide transport, accommodation, appearance fee amounting to K2 million to each team.

“We picked  Bullets and Wanderers because these are crowd pullers. The other reason is that being the two oldest clubs in Malawi they have also no mode of transport like a bus. So we thought it wise to incorporate them to fight for this Nissan Civilian Bus,” he said.

He added that the first game will take place at Kamuzu Stadium on 26 December before the return match in Lilongwe either at Civo Stadium or the Bingu International Stadium on 2 January 2017.

Fans have not been spared because one lucky supporter will walk with a Daihatsu Mira car.

“We urge fans to be glued to Luso TV which is on Gotv Channel 802 for more information,” he said.

The two clubs welcomed the development and stressed they are geared for the battle.

Be Forward Wanderers Vice Chairman Gift Mkandawire was thankful to Luso TV for this initiative describing it as timely.

“This development has come at the right time because we face many problems hiring buses, especially in our away games. It costs us a lot of money to hire buses to Mzuzu or Lilongwe. We are just looking forward to the big day because Wanderers will always grab any new cup introduced in this country,” bragged Mkandawire.

Nyasa Big Bullets General Secretary Kelvin Moyo also shared same sentiments that with the absence of the bus they spend a lot in hiring buses.

“For sure this will ease our transport problems because we know we will grab this Bus,” said Moyo.

FAM  Competitions Manager Gomegzani Zakazaka said for the meantime they have issued a temporary license to Luso TV up until 18th November this year until the bus arrive in the country.

“For the sake of an assurance to the two clubs, we have issued a temporary license to Luso TV for this bonanza, but once we have the bus which is expected to arrive in Malawi on 15th November that’s when we will issue them a complete License,” said Zakazaka.

This is the second time the television station has organised a bonanza involving TNM Super League clubs as they did the same in September 2013 when four teams, namely Bullets, Wanderers, Epac and Silver Strikers participated. Bullets eventually beat Wanderers 4-3 on post-match penalties in the finals.

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