Carlsberg Malawi has given Football Association of Malawi a boost after announcing that it will sponsor the cup this year after the three-year contract ended last year.
Addressing a new conference at Chiwembe Technical and Development Centre said the cup was unique in promoting the game of football as the competition accommodates teams from the grassroots level.
He said despite that the sponsorship would remain at K30 million they would make the cup exciting.
“We have been sponsoring the Carlsberg Cup for the past three years and it gives the management of Carlsberg Malawi Breweries pleasure to announce that this year we will be back after signing a contract extension as you the contract was for three years,” Chirwa said.
He said the team would ensure that it would continue offering customised jerseys to the teams from the semifinals.
Fam General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda in said the development was a sigh of relief to the association as they were panicking over Carlsberg’s commitment.
“The contract expired last year after three years. So it was not automatic that they would come back again. In fact it was only three week ago that we were assured of the sponsorship,” Nyirenda said.
Bullets FC are the defending champions after beating Zomba United 2-0 who were in Malawi’s second league tier.
Meanwhile, the Carlsberg Cup will be participated by the 15 Super League teams and 36 Premier Division teams from the three regional leagues namely SRFL, CRFL and NRFL.
The competition will be played in two phases. All games will be played on knockout basis. There will be no extra time or replays and games will go straight to penalties in case of draws.
This phase will involve 36 teams from the three Regional Leagues Premier Division with each region registering 12 top from last season log tables as follows:
South: Number 2 up to Number 12 plus Blantyre United
Central: Number 2 up to number 13.
North: Number 2 up to number 12 plus Karonga United.
First round: All the 12 teams will go into a pot and draw six fixtures to produce six winners for the second round.
Second round: The six first round winners will go into a pot for a draw of three fixtures to produce three winners that will qualify for the national stage.
The nine teams from the regional leagues with then join the 15 Super league teams for the national draw which will take place on 23rd June.
Top eight teams from last season’s TNM Super league standings Big Bullets FC, Moyale FC, Mafco, Blue Eagles, Silver Strikers, Civo, Azam Tigers and Red Lions will be seeded for the National phase preliminary round.
The remaining seven Super League teams, Mighty Wanderers, Kamuzu Barracks, Epac FC, Airborne Rangers, Surestream FC, Dedza Young Soccer and Mzuni will join the nine regional league teams to make the national phase preliminary round of 16 which will be played between 30th June and 12th July 2015.
The eight winning teams from that round will then join the seeded eight Super League teams for the National phase round of 16 to be played between 18th and 26th July 2015.
Quarterfinals will be played between 1st and 2nd August with Semifinals set for weekends between 15th 23rd August.
The final will be on 29th August 2015.
PRIZES (All in Malawi Kwacha)
Semi-Finalists 500,000.00 each
Quarter Finalists 300,000.00 each
Top Goal Scorer 100,000.00
Man of the Match 10,000.00 each from the quarterfinals
Discovery of the tournament 100,000.00
Best Print Media 100,000.00
Electronic Media 100,000.00