Malawi’s biggest football clubs Bullets FC and Mighty Wanderers would face each other in the semifinals of the Zambezi Challenge Cup organised by Top Sport on Saturday following a draw held at Malawi National Council of Sports on Tuesday.
It was interesting to see a Wanderers supporter drew Bullets first while his Bullets counterpart also picked Wanderers for the mouth-watering encounter to be played at Kamuzu Stadium.
Silvers Strikers would face Zimbabwe Premiership side Caps United who will complete the fixture for the inaugural pre-season tournament.
Wanderers General Secretary David Kanyenda described the draw as good for the competition considering that it would be a crowd puller.
“Top Sports you are very fortunate that the draw has produced this fantastic fixture because the patronage will be quiet big,” Kanyenda said.
But the outspoken General Secretary was cautious on his team’s chances of reaching the final to be played on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium against the winner between the Zimbabwean club and TNM Super League defending champions Silver.
“We should expect fireworks on Saturday and only one team and I would not say which colour will win,” he said.
Former Bullets Team Manger Enos Chatama said the People’s Team will treat each with caution.
“There’s no small team in this competition. All the teams are good,” Chatama said after the draw.
Top Sport Operations Manager Kevin Moyo said the Silver and Caps United game would kick off first followed by the titanic clash between Malawi’s age-old rivals.
Moyo said games would be decided on penalty shoot outs after 90 minutes.
“There will be no extra time which means that teams should prepare for post match penalties in case of a draw after 90 minutes,” he said.
He also said clubs would be free to use new players for the tournament should they get a consent from their clubs to use them.
“We want to protect the players to know who will be responsible in case of injury,” he added.
In another development Top Sports has secured Rab Processors as one of the sponsorship partners of the tournament.
Rab Sales and Marketing Manager Douglas Mandala, who also graced the draw, said the company was proud to be associated with the tournament as it would help to develop football in the country.
“Being part of our corporate philosophy, Rab has always indulged in for the partnership for growing, nourishing and uplifting the nation,” Mandala said.
“The sponsorship of Zambezi Cup is one of many such initiatives. The event like this football tournament make our country’s presence felt prominently in the African continent.
The actual sponsorship package was not revealed but among other things Rab would give T-shirts, one carton of Sunshine Soap and a pack of Rab goodies to all the players for local teams.
Supporters also stand to benefit as Rab will be conducting draws during half time recess in which three lucky winners stand a chance to win one month Sunshine Soap supply.
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