Carlsberg Cup returns with full-packed action as 16 teams battle it out this afternoon and tomorrow in the quest for the quarterfinals.
Eight games are on the menu, but much of the attention will be on struggling Big Bullets and Silver Strikers who clash at Kamuzu Stadium today.
Both are smarting from TNM Super League defeats that have shaken the teams’ foundations.
Last week, Bullets supporters descended on players after they lost 0-1 to Epac FC while heads have rolled at the Bankers’ camp after they were embarrassed 0-1 by Blue Eagles.
Silver responded by suspending their coaches and have travelled to Blantyre with caretaker coaches. However, both sides are hoping to put behind their miserable run in Super League and qualify for the quarterfinals.
Bullets general secretary Higger Mkandawire appealed to supporters to be patient as the team faces the Bankers.
“Let’s forget about the past and concentrate on the game this afternoon,” he said. “We need to beat Silver to make sure we qualify for the quarterfinal and we can do it.
The Bankers’ GS Mike Tembo was also confident that they can overcome Bullets at their backyard. His confidence stems from the fact that the last time the two sides clashed, Silver booted out Bullets from the Presidential Cup.
Another mouth watering fixture is at Zomba Community Centre tomorrow as Mighty Wanderers invade the old Capital City to face Red Lions.
It’s a grudge match between the two sides — the Nomads are still celebrating after becoming the first team to defeat the soldiers in Super League this season.
But the Nomads are also aware that the soldiers are responsible for their exit in the Presidential Cup.
It’s time for revenge for both sides as the soldiers hope to avenge the Super League loss while the Nomads hope to boot out the soldiers and deny them the cup like they did last season.
Another grudge match is in Dedza where Kamuzu Barracks host police side Blue Eagles. Tigers FC also have a chance to avenge their defeat to Mafco as the two sides clash at Kamuzu Stadium tomorrow.
The Presidential Cup champions booted out Leo Mpulula side on their way to the cup championship. But Moyale have a relatively simple task of making sure they beat lower league side Kabwafu at Mzuzu Stadium.
Rookies Mponela also hope to make to the quarterfinals as they face Mzuni at Silver Stadium.
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