Soccer fans should expect tears and joy in the prestigious Carlsberg Cup Malawi following the national draw in the preliminary round, which took place on Wednesday at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre.
The draw was conducted by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Sugzo Nyirenda and Carlsberg Malawi Senior Brands manager on alcoholic Twikale Chirwa.
During the draw, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers will have a home ground advantage, as they face Maxi Bullets, while Support Battalion will travel to Mzuzu to meet Mzuni FC.
In another tricky fixture, Changalume Barracks will rock horns against Kamuzu Barracks in the old capital city, as Chilumba Barracks hosts Wizard FC.
Soccer fans in the capital city will have a chance to watch Silver Strikers Reserves taking on Epac FC, as Airborne Rangers will host Ndirande Icons.
In another preliminary round fixture, OP FC will play Master Security.
Carlsberg Malawi Senior Brands manager on alcoholic, Twikale Chirwa described the draw fair, and urged soccer loving Malawians to patronize the games.
Chirwa said their company has lined-up a number of prizes, which soccer fans will stand a chance to win in the various soccer venues.
Chirwa also said they are so far impressed with the competition on the cup and urged lower League teams to upset the tables.
For instance, he gave an example of Zomba United which progressed through all the way into the finals last season.
FAM general secretary, Sugzo Nyirenda assured maximum security during the games.
Nyirenda also urged soccer fans to observe discipline during the matches.
CARLSBERG CUP NATIONAL DRAW
Mighty Wanderers vs. Max Bullets FC
Support Battalion vs. Mzuni FC
Dedza Young Soccer vs. Karonga United
Changalume Barracks vs. Kamuzu Barracks
Chilumba Barracks vs. Wizard FC
Silver Reserves vs. Epac FC
Airborne Rangers vs. Ndirande Icons
OP FC vs. Master Security
Round of 16
Chilumba/Wizard vs. Mighty Wanderers/ Max Bullets
Red Lions FC vs. Moyale Barracks
Silver Strikers FC vs. OP/Master Security
Airborne/Ndirande Icons vs. Changalume/Kamuzu Barracks
Support/Mzuni vs. Civo United
Big Bullets FC vs. Silver Reserves/Epac
Azam Tigers FC vs. Dedza/Karonga United
Blue Eagles FC vs. Mafco FC
Quarterfinal 1 :Support/Mzuni/Civo vs.Silver Strikers/OP/ Master Secuirty
Quarterfinal 2: Chilumba/ Wizard/Mighty Wandeers/ Max vs. Azam Tigers/ Dedza/ Karonga
Quarterfinal 3:Blue Eagles/ Mafco vs. BIG Bullets/Silver Reserve/Epac
Quarterfinal 4: Airborne/ Ndirande Icons/ Changalume/ Kamuzu Barracks vs. Red Lions/ Moyale
Semifinal 1 Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF3
Semifinal 2 Winner QF4 vs. Winner QF2
Final Winner SF 2 vs. Winner SF1