The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has described the on-going 2017 FISD Challenge Cup as ‘unpredictable’ following the early exist of top super league teams.
FAM’s Marketing and Commercial Director, Limbani Matola, was speaking at Mpira Village in Blantyre on Thursday during the 2017 round of 16 FISD Cup National Draw.
”The first round has gone on very smoothly. We have seen ‘unusualness’, teams which wanted to use names to play football have stumbled on the way so it’s a philosophy that FISD is sharing to say its ‘football unusual’ get prepared, the game is won on the ground not minds,” said Matola.
Concurring with Matola, FISD Limited Marketing and Communications Manager Wezzie Chiumia said the fall of super league giants signifies that the competition is tough.
“So far so good, if we have managed to have some ‘big teams’ eliminated by smaller teams, it means there is a great competition,” said Chiumia.
He added, “The teams that are out of the FISD Cup tournament are not big teams. Big teams are the ones proceeding to the next round.”
According to the Round of 16 draw conducted on Thursday, super league teams Blue Eagles and Mzuni FC have no option but to face each other while MAFCO FC will host Masters Security.
Blantyre based super League team Nyasa Big Bullets will play the winner between Rumphi Medicals, Karonga United or Luwinga.
Mzuzu Soldiers Moyale Barracks will play against the winner between Baka and Katowa while the winner between Chikwawa United and Mangochi Challengers will face Kamuzu Barracks.
Azam Tigers will play the winner between Holy Cross and Mlatho-Mponela Football Club. The winner between Umodzi FC and Makawa Young Navy FC will play against the winner between Swallows and Madrid FC.
According to FAM, the games for the round of 16 will be played on 25th and 26th of October, 2017 giving room for teams to prepare.
Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (FISD) sponsors the FISD Challenge Cup to the tune of K50 million.