The soldiers of Kaning’ina, Moyale Barracks have taken an early lead in votes that will determine four teams to battle for the remaining two quarterfinal slots in the 2013 edition of the K25 Million Standard Bank Cup.
According to the bank’s head of marketing Chimwemwe Matonga, Moyale Barracks are leading the nine Super League clubs that finished out of the top six last season with a total of 307 votes.
Trailing the soldiers of Kaning’ina is another bunch of soldiers from the army headquarters- Kamuzu Barracks, who have so far amassed 207 votes. Epac FC, alias Njenjete zaku Lilongwe are third with 123 votes followed by Mafco with 59 votes and Evirom 42.
The voting continues up to close of banking business Thursday, October 10, 2013.
The four candidates to battle for the two quarterfinal slots will be unveiled during the quarterfinal draw, scheduled for Friday in Blantyre.
Before the quarterfinal draw, the four teams with the highest votes will participate in a draw for a play-off that will determine two sides to join the top six.
The play-offs, which will be on knock-out basis, have been scheduled for October 16, 2013 with the quarterfinals set to start on October 19, 2013. The final is scheduled to take place on November 2.
Silver Strikers, Big Bullets, Blantyre United, Mighty Wanderers, Red Lions and Civo are the teams that earned automatic qualification in the last eight after finishing in the top six in the league.
Winner of this year’s competition is expected to draw a fat cheque of K8 million from Standard Bank with the runner-up drawing half the amount. Losing semi-finalists will get K500,000 each with the losing quarterfinalists pocketing K250,000 each.