Main organisers of the FISD Challenge Cup, the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) have officially announced dates and venues for the competition’s round of 16 matches.
A total of six games are scheduled for this weekend of 3rd and 4th November 2018 while the rest of the games will be played on Tuesday 6thand Saturday th 10th of November next week.
A round of 16 draw was conducted on Tuesday 23rd October in Blantyre and the outcome indicated Blantyre giants and sworn rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers will avoid each other
Wanderers start their FISD Cup tittle chase at National level [Round of 16] against Nkhotakota based Central Region Lower League side Dwangwa Town Hammers while their rivals Bullets will face less fancied and non-league side Mzamani FC of Ntcheu.
The winner between Wanderers and Town Hammers will thereafter face winners between Premier Division sides Airbourne Rangers and Iponga FC in the quarterfinal while Mzamani/Bullets winners will face winners between Mafco FC and Chitipa United.
Lilongwe Police outfit Blue Eagles FC should expect a huge test as they face resillient and Promising Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve.
The main highlight of all round of 16 matches is a Capital City derby involving Silver Strikers and Civil Sporting FC.
Winner of the Lilongwe derby will face winners between Moyale Barracks and Blomfield in the quarterfinals.
Fact File for FISD Challenge Cup
FISD Challenge Cup was introduced in 2016 and is sponsored by water development and irrigation service provider experts Foundation For Irrigation and Sustainable Development Company Limited.
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers were the innagural winners of the competition in 2016.
They beat Kamuzu Barracks 4-3 through post-match penalties following a barren draw in regulation time.
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers veteran goalkeeper and goalkeeper Trainer was forced to man the posts following a goalkeeper crisis at the club due to injuries.
He never disappointed the Nomads family as he incredibly saved two spot kicks that to guide his side to the promised land.
In 2017, Kamuzu Barracks made it into the final again and became the second team to have a feel of the FISD Cup.
They narrowly beat their brothers in arms Moyale Barracks 1-0 courtesy of a Manase Chiyesa’s 35 minutes loan strike.
As the 2018 edition heads into the next and critical stage, the question remains will Kamuzu Barracks who are struggling in the elite league manage to defend the Cup?
Mind you, Be Forward Wanderers also haven’t won any dilverware this season and chances of defending the league title are again minimal with their rivals Bullets FC seem to be flying away with the title.
Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) who are the main organisers of the richest cup on the domestic scene are yet to officially release dates and venues for the round of 16 matches.
The champions of FISD Cup this year will pocket a whooping K16 Million.
In its first year, the competitioni was sponsored at a tune of K45 Million before being hiked to K52.5 Million and now its at K60 Million.
The sponsors said they decided to increase the sponsorship because they were impressed with the organisation by FAM as well as the level of competition.
Apart from providing entertainment through football sponsorship, FISD Company is also promoting irrigation farming through provision of quality irrigation materials powered by solar among others as well as services.
“FISD Company is also sending a message that together as Malawians, we need to irrigate at least three times a year so as to improve our lives”, said the Company’s Marketing and Communications Director Wezzie Chiumia.
2018 Round of 16 fixture as provided by FAM:
-Airbourne v Ipota shooting @ Mzuzu Stadium.
-Blomfield v Moyale @ Mulanje Park.
-Silver Striker v Civil Sporting @ Silver.
-Mafco v Chitipa United @ Chitowe.
-Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve v Blue Eagles @ Kamuzu stadium.
-Dwangwa Town Hammera v Be Forward Wanderers @ Chitowe.
-Mzamani v Nyasa Big Bullets @ Dedza Stadium.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :