Elijah Phimbi – Nyasa Times
As the K60 million Presidential Cup reaches the quarterfinal stage, ‘Small Monsters’ Kabwafu Football Club says they are more than ready to face the champions Nyasa Big Bullets.
Bullets beat Blue Eagles 5-4 to set up a quarterfinal fixture against Kabwafu who are the only club from the lower regional leagues remaining in the competition.
Despite expressing their readiness to face the Blantyre giants, Kabwafu team manager Starvens Zgambo said the prospect of facing the pomp and skill of Franco Ndawa’s side is nothing news.
Zgambo firstly expressed excitement for being the only lower league team to have reached the quarterfinal stage.
However, he predicted a good game as they face Bullets on a date to be announced later by the competition organisers Football Associaton of Malawi (Fam).
He boosted that his side is equally a good team just like Bullets.
“People should expect a good game because it involves two good teams. Bullets is a good team and Kabwafu is equally a good team,” said Zgambo.
He added: “This is not the first time to meet Bullets we have played them while we were playing in super league and we displayed good football”.
Zgambo further advised Kabwafu and all northern region soccer lovers not to be moved by name of the opponent they will face or media reports.
Other presidential cup quarterfnal matches will involve Dwangwa United and Mafco FC who both uses Chitowe Stadium as home ground.
They face each other this coming Sunday at the Chitowe stadium.
Lilongwe based Epac FC welcome the soldiers of Kaning’ina Moyale Barracks on Saturday.
Struggling Mighty Be Forward Wanderers are expected to lock horns with TNM Super League debutants Max Bullets.
Mafco FC are the defending champions having won the competition in 2013 before it took a two year break.
Wanderers remain the only team to have won the cup twice while their traditional bitter rivals Bullets FC only tasted the sweetness of the cup which is sponsored by the government under the Presidential Initiative in Sports (PIS) once.
The cup was introduced by the late President of Malawi Bingu wa Mutharika in 2008 aiming at unearthing talent in various sporting disciplines from the grassroot level.
Out of the total K120 million annual sponsorship, since its inception football has been allocated K60 million half the total sponsorship.
Meanwhile, government through the Sports Ministry together with the Malawi Coucil of Sports are deliberating on increasing the sponsorship due to the rise of cost of living.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :