EPAC set sights on ending derby misery against Civo in Malawi Carlsberg Cup

EPAC FC coach Abbas Makawa says he is preparing his side for the task of ending their poor form when they meet their Lilongwe city rival Civo United after his side booked a place in the last 16 of the Carlsberg cup.

Speaking after his side’s 2-1 victory over Changalume Barracks to set up the mouth watering capital city derby, Makawa said his side is looking forward to the encounter against the Standard Bank cup semifinalists.

“It is always a tough derby against Civo United, we have never beaten them. Our priority is to prepare well for the game and we are very confident of improving on our record against them and progress to the Quarter final,” Makawa said.

Epac coach Abbas Makawa confronts the referee in one of the matches

Civo coach Alex Masanjala whose  side beat Bvumbwe Research 1-0 to go through was equally excited at the prospect of playing their city rivals,saying derby games are always difficult to predict regardless of who is playing well at the time.

“Derby games are always exciting and tough to call regardless of current performance. But will are expecting a really difficult game against EPAC. They have the ability to perform in tough games and with a quarter final berth at stake it will be tough but we are getting back to our usual game,” Masanjala said.

The Carlsberg cup round of the 32 throw up two major upsets. Big Bullets lost 2-1 to Super Eagles in Mzuzu while Karonga Vendors beat another Super League side, Blantyre United 1-0.

The last 16 brings up some interesting ties. Standard Bank cup holders, Mighty Wanderers play Blue Eagles with vengeance on their mind after losing 1-0 to the Police Headquarters side in the TNM Super League.

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