The grass at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre is expected to suffer Friday when Ndirande Icons and Kamuzu Barracks tussle in the Carlsberg Cup Round of 16.
Kamuzu Barracks conquered fellow soldiers Changalume Barracks 2-0 in Zomba while Ndirande Icons defeated Airborne Rangers in the penalty shoot-out to progress.
Both sides have issued messages of confidence ahead of the match.
Ndirande Icons coach Fletcher Chirwa has urged their supporters from the populous Ndirande Township to come in their large numbers to drum support to their team.
“We are ready. We have had the same preparations like we do and we are not even shaken because we already ousted their fellow soldiers,” said Chirwa.
Chirwa said they have a number of skillful players, who are expected to gun down KB like Osman Balala, Steve Khoswe, Tamimo Mwidini and Ronnex Banda in goals.
But Kamuzu Barracks vastly experienced midfielder Harvey Nkacha shot back, saying they are in Blantyre not as tourists but men on a mission.
“We are aware that they ousted another Super League giant in Airborne Rangers. We are not going to be complacent. We will work hard to beat them,” he said.
Kamuzu Barracks coach Temwa Msuku will rely on playmakers Harvey Nkacha, Kelvin Malikebu and World Nkuliwa and Dave Banda.
In another Round of 16 matches, on Saturday Blue Eagles will face Mafco FC at Nankhaka Stadium, while Silver Strikers have what looks like a simple task against Mzimba district-based OP FC at Silver Stadium.
Football Association of Malawi Competitions Manager Gomezgani Zakazaka said rules remain unchanged emphasizing it’s a knock-out.
Zakazaka also said once regulation time ends with a draw, teams will go straight into penalties.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :