Malawi’s FISD Challenge Cup’s Super League preliminary round off weekend

The preliminary round for the Super League teams in Malawi’s FISD Challenge Cup will be played this weekend.

PremierBET Wizards players to face Bullets
PremierBET Wizards players to face Bullets

The FISD Challenge Cup will be competed for by thee 16 Super League and the 29 district teams who won the 2016 Presidential Cup district championship.

On Saturday  1 October,  2016, Azam Tigers date  Blue Eagles at Kalulu Stadium, Dwangwa United meet Mafco at Chitowe, Nyasa Big Bullets are up against Premierbet Wizards at Kamuzu Stadium, Moyale Barracks  vs Epac and Silver Strikers vs Max Bullets at Silver.

The following day, Sunday October 2, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers will meet Karonga United at Kamuzu Stadium, Red Lions date fellow soldiers Kamuzu Barracks at Balaka while Civo United will be up against Mzuni FC at Civo Stadium.

National champions for this new knockout cup shall receive MK10 million, runners-up  MK4 million and MK1 million for semifinalists.

The regional champions will receive MK1 million, runners-up  MK500,000 and MK250,000 for the third place

In individual prizes, the top goal scorer at national stage will receive MK200,000; the  top goal scorer at regional level MK50,000 while another MK50,000 will be for man of the match from quarterfinals at national stage.

As an incentives, each of the 29 district teams will get a starter pack of MK100,000.

The tournament is sponsored by Foundation of Irrigation and Sustainable Development (FISD) by committing a K45 million annual sponsorship for five years. Fam and FISD signed a five-year contract for the sponsorship of the competition on 9th June 2016.

Regional finals will held on15-16 October and the national round of 16 to be played on 22-23 October.

The quarterfinals will be on November 4-5, the semifinals on November 19-20 and the final on December 10.

The tournament was launched with pomp and razzmatazz on September 17 at Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo, Chikwawa. The FISD Challenge Cup has given a new lease of life to Football Association of Malawi (Fam) after losing sponsorship from Standard Bank through the Knock-Out Challenge.

At the launch, FISD Executive Director Moses Chirambo said the introduction of the cup is targeting the development of talent from the grassroots level to elite clubs to feed the national team.

“We came up with this initiative because we realised that there is a big correlation between football development. Therefore as we contribute to football development we want as well to help communities fight how to hunger,” he said.

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