Wanderers to face Eagles in mouth-watering semifinal clash: Malawi Carlsberg Cup

A fixture involving holders Mighty Be Forward Wanderers against Blue Eagles FC is the biggest mouth-watering quarterfinal clash of the 2017/18 Carlsberg Cup.

Nomads players celebrate winning Carksberg Cup – Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

This follows a draw conducted by the main organizers of the competition Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on Friday at the
Chilomoni Stadium.

Wanderers started this years Carlsberg Cup Competition campaign as outright favourites and this is fully understandable as Coach Yasin Osman has the most enviable squad at his disposal worth a good bet.

However, Osman has also faced a mounting injury list particularly upfront with Ishamel Thindwa and Amos Bello being the main casualties.

Speaking after beating Mafco 1-0 in the round of 16 encounter on Wednesday,  Osman told Nyasa Times that they are not afraid of any opponent.

“We are not afraid of any team and our focus is just to try as much as possible to win each and every game whether in the league or cup. We will treat each game as it comes,” said Osman

On the other hand, Blue Eagles Goalkeepers trainer Chimwemwe Chitedze told journalists after the quarterfinal draw in Blantyre that they are ready to stop the Nomads.

“We have been looking forward to meet any team that comes on our way and I can assure you that we are ready to face and defeat Wanderers. They should just count themselves out,” said Chitedze.

“If you go by history, you will see that they don’t give us tough time in cup games,” he added.

Mighty Be Forward Wanderers are the Carlsberg Cup’s record holders having won it three times of the eight events so far.

They were inaugural winners in 2000 before winning the trophy again in 2015 and 2016.

Their rivals Nyasa Big Bullets come second. They won it in 2002 and 2014.

Moyale Barracks, Blue Eagles and Kamuzu Barracks won the tournament once in 2001, 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Other quarterfinal matches will involve Moyale Barracks and Michiru Madrid while Kasungu Police will make a date against Red Lions.

Nyasa Big Bullets will face the winner between Blantyre United and Cobbe Barracks.

Quartefinal matches will be played on 12 and 13 August 2017 with the Semifinals slatted for the weekend of 27 and 28 August.

The finals will be on 9th September 2017 this is according to FAM Competitions Manager Gomezgani Zakazaka.

The venues will be determined by FAM backed by Article 8.1 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations which gives them the mandate to decide where to stage the matches.

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