Lilongwe to host Standard Bank Cup final

Mother luck has smiled on Lilongwe based soccer loving fans following a recommendation from Standard Bank Limited, sponsors of the K25 illion Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup to have the final match played in the capital city.

The recommendation is contained in a press release issued on October 25, 2013 and signed by the bank’s head of marketing Chimwemwe Matonga.

According to the press release, the decision to have the final in Lilongwe has been reached after considering a number of issues.

“Following a high level internal organizing committee meeting on the on-going Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup, the bank, in consideration of a number of parameters has decided that the final match should be played in Lilongwe.

Chimwemwe Matonga: Standard Bank PRO:  Finals in Lilongwe
Chimwemwe Matonga: Standard Bank PRO: Finals in Lilongwe

“It is the bank’s considered view that the venue of the final, which will be only a week from the semi-final games should be known in advance to allow the finalists ample time to plan for the final,” reads the press release.

The bank says Football Association of Malawi (Fam) would announce the actual venue for the final in Lilongwe- which is likely to be Civo or Silver Stadium.

The bank has further commended football fans and officials for maintaining discipline in all the games leading to the semi-finals.

“We wish to reiterate our call for the same conduct to continue all the way to the cup final. Let those that win celebrate
responsibly and those that lose accept the result honourably. Lets enjoy the games as we keep moving forward,” concludes the statement.

This year’s Standard Bank Cup semi-finals have seen three Lilongwe based teams- Silver Strikers, Civo and Kamuzu Barracks reaching the last four.

Blantyre based Mighty Wanderers, who are banned from playing at Kamuzu Stadium are the only team from outside the capital playing in the semis.

The Nomads play Kamuzu Barracks at Silver  on Saturday afternoon with Silver hosting their city rivals at the same venue Sunday.

Fam is on record as having said the body always respects sponsors’ wishes regarding cup final venues.

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