Football Association of Malawi ( FAM) has clarified on the Carlsberg Cup semi-final venues following an outcry from a section of supporters , who questioned why the game involving Mighty Be Forward Wanderers against Moyale Barracks be staged in Lilongwe not Mzuzu.
Some fans went as far as accusing FAM of staging the game involving Big Bullets and Silver Strikers in Blantyre instead of Lilongwe.
However, FAM Competitions Manager Gomegzani Zakazaka said every Carlsberg game it is the discretion of the organizing committee to choose venues but when it reaches this level they take into consideration sponsors interest.
“This match venues were suggested by Carlsberg –the sponsors. I am even surprised that some people are talking a lot on this issue forgetting that last year we had Bullets and Wanderers playing in Lilongwe,” said Zakazaka.
According to CarlsbergMalawi Cup 2015 Rules and Regulations, article 8.1 stipulates that the time and venue of the matches shall be determined by the organizing committee as per the draw that will be conducted.
It went on to state that, “All the games shall be played in match venues that have been approved by the organizing committee.”
Zakazaka said even teams are aware on the rules and regulations of the cup as far as choosing the venues is concerned.
The Nomads clipped Dedza Young Soccer 2-0 to reach the semi-finals, while Moyale Barracks pruned Kamuzu Barracks in the penalties.
Big Bullets showed Mafco FC an exit-door on spot kicks, while Silver Strikers grinded Support Battalion 4-0.
The Carlsberg Cup was reintroduced in Malawian football in 2012 after 10 years of absence. The Cup was first launched in 2000 as the country’s richest knockout competition. Mighty Wanderers were the inaugural winners in 200 beating arch rivals Bullets 2-1 via a Hendrix Banda’s Golden Goal.
Moyale won it in 2001 after edging Escom United 1-0 with Prichard Mwansa scoring the lone goal at the Civo Stadium.
The 2002 final saw Wanderers facing Bullets again and this time around Bullets won it through a McDonald Yobe’s lone strike.
It was the 2003 final that is mostly remembers for bad reasons. Wanderers faced Bullets yet again and with the match ties at 2-2 Wanderers scored a third goal in extra time which could have been a winner as the golde3nd goal rule was still in force.
However the goal scored by Muzipasi Mwangonde was disallowed after the pass from Joseph Kamwendo was judged to have gone out of play before Mwangonde scored.
The match was abandoned after violence as Wanderers protested the decisions. Efforts to have the match replayed proved futile and this resulted in Carlsberg Malawi withdrawing the sponsorship.
After almost ten year s in the wilderness Carlsberg Malawi returned with the competition in 2012 with a sponsorship of K 20 million.
Blue Eagles FC won the cup on its return after beating Escom United 1-0.
Kamuzu Barracks won the 2013 Cup after beating Moyale 1-0 at the Mzuzu Stadium on 14th September 2013, while Big Bullets won the 2014 edition after beating Zomba United 2-0 in the final on 10th August 2014 at the Kamuzu Stadium.
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