Bullets, Moyale in war-of-words ahead of Presidentil Cup finals

Finally the waiting seems to be over, after so many challenges surrounding this big fixture, this Saturday at Civo stadium in Lilongwe where Moyale Barracks and Big Bullets FC will come face to face as they fight for top prize.

All is set for the two top teams to out-do each other in the quest to claim one of the country’s most lucrative cups.

The two teams going to war have not minced words in expressing their desire to clinch the top honours and it will be interesting to see who will carry the day because in a cup final there can only be one winner.

The Mzuzu based soldiers are geared to protect and maintain their reputation in the cup finals, while on the other hand the sleeping giant, that is the Bullets will want to give its faithful something to smile about having a experienced a cup drought for some years now.

Moyale Barracks team manager Victor Phiri who also doubles as a player said they will leave no stone unturned to make sure the cup heads north after the 90 minutes of the Saturday battle.

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“As Moyale we are ready, let Bullets come and we will deal with them like the way we have dealt with all the teams that we have met for us to get here. There is so much focus on Bullets alone ahead of this encounter but we do not play football in the papers and radio like them, we will meet them on the field,” said Phiri.

Phiri said they have attached no special attention in as far as preparations for the Saturday game are concerned, stating they are training as normal but they are ready to once again prove to the nation they are masters when it comes to cup competitions.

“In a cup competition we know that you can just play 5 or 6 games then you are in the final. So you just need proper strategizing and good approach to succeed as opposed to the league where you need to be at your best for seven months,” said Phiri.

The Kaning’ina soldiers are boosting a full squad ahead of the showdown; their only absentee will be Captain Lovemore Mitengo who is facing a red card suspension.

Luckily, there are also no injury concerns for the soldiers who will also have their coach Nicholas Mhango on the bench despite his current involvement with the national under-17 team.

The Bullets on the other hand are experiencing a revival of their own having recruited a number of youngsters showing tremendous potential like their man of the moment, Gabadihno Mhango. They hinted they would like to assure their glory starved faithful that they are back for real.

General Secretary Higger Mkandawire says this now Bullet’s time having suffered for so long and asked the red army to come in their large numbers to come and see the lifting of the trophy which he said will be the first of many.

“We have failed to shine over the seasons mainly due to lack of sponsorship but now we want to show our sponsors that we are in this for a serious business. Everything is in place now; our committee is doing its job efficiently so there will be no excuses for any failure on Saturday,” said Mkandawire.

Led by Gabadihno and the experienced legs of former flames favourite Fischer Kondowe, the Bullets look favourites on paper but Moyale are not a side which can easily be counted out as past experience has shown.

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