The much awaited K12.5 Fellowship Association of Malawi (FAMA) Trophy was finally launched in Lilongwe at Civo Stadium in front of a sizeable crowd on Saturday afternoon.
The trophy which will involve top eight TNM Super League teams is expected to last three weeks according to the organizers.
Fama general secretary Japhet Majekete said winners of the trophy will pocket K3 million, K1 million will go to the second placed team while the third placed team will pocket K500, 000.
Majekete said there will also be prizes for the golden boot and player of the tournament awards.
The competiton rolls into action next weekend when Civo will meet Blue Eagles and Red Lions will face Escom at at the and Zomba Community ground respectively on Saturday.
On Sunday it will be a commercial city Blantyre explosive derby between rivals Bullets and Mighty Wanderers.
Several activities marking the launch took place including boxing bouts and the soccer match between Civo Service United and Bullets F.C.
It was a close contest in the opening minutes of the game but Bullets F.C started dominating in the second quarter of the first half.
Jelesi Lufeyo nearly opened the score sheet for Bullets but his diving header missed the goal mouth by a whisker after he received a cross from former Malawi international Fisher Anong’a Kondowe.
Moments later Robson Banda produced a thunderbolt which was excellently served by Civo goal custodian Onanie Sengwa.
Welani Nyirenda, Martin Masoatheka, Dave Ng’ambi and Jabulani Linje tried to put themselves together to break the Bullets defence marshaled by Chikumbutso Kanyenda, Douglas Chirambo, Fundi Akidu and George Nyirenda, but their efforts yielded nothing.
On the other hand, Gabadini Mhango wasted several scoring opportunities for Bullets F.C.
In the second half both teams tried to make some changes but only for the spectators to watch a barren 90 minutes with Civo finishing with a man down after Pilirani Makupe was sent off when he produced a reckless tackle on Kondowe.
The game went straight into penalties to find the winner of the day.
Bullets converted four penalties through Douglas Chirambo, Jelei Lufeyo, Fundi Akidu and George Nyirenda while Civo managed to score only two penalties through Lusekero Mwathengere and Laquib Milanzi.
Kondowe had his spot kick served by keeper Sengwa while former Mafco defender who has joined Civo, Oscar Chapitapansi hit the cross bar, with the other player hitting the side post.
At the end of the match, Civo coach Sir Alex Masanjala said despite the loss his charges played well.
“It was a good game, we played well and I congratulate Bullets for winning,” said Masanjala.
His counterpart Edington Ng’onamo applauded his players for winning the match.
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