Malawi Defence Force (MDF) teams continue dominating cup competitions, but this afternoon they come under fierce opposition in the Carlsberg Cup quarterfinals.
Out of the eight teams in the quarterfinals, four are Army clubs; Kamuzu Barracks, Support Battalion, Moyale Barracks and Mafco.
It is even more interesting that Kamuzu Barracks and Moyale have to eliminate each other.
The four teams have a lot to prove as they play in the quarterfinals with questions raised as to whether it is their large representation in the TNM Super League that is behind their huge presence in the cup.
Mzuzu based Moyale Barracks are in the Capital City where they face MDF headquarters side Kamuzu Barracks at Nankhaka this afternoon.
Moyale are in high spirits after concluding the League on a high note despite starting on a wrong footing.
But Kamuzu Barracks are known not to pay any respect to anyone when on the pitch, even their comrade in arms.
Support Battalion, on the other hand, head to Lilongwe where they will host Silver Strikers at Civo Stadium in David vs Goliath battle.
The Mvela lower league side booted out Super League giants Civo United in one of the cup’s upsets.
This is enough warning to under pressure Silver coach Stain Chirwa who cannot afford to lose if he is to keep his job.
However, much of the attention will be on Mafco who host defending champions Big Bullets at Civo Stadium tomorrow.
With rivals Nomads playing today against rookies Dedza Young Soccer Stars at Kamuzu Stadium, Bullets will be under pressure when visiting Mafco.
But Bullets’ recent performance in the Super League shows that they are not ready to dent their unbeaten record.
Fam competitions manager, Gomezgani Zakazaka, expects another action-packed weekend.
“The competition has reached a level that no-one can afford to miss this action. We have seen how the teams that are deemed minnows caused upsets. I can foresee another giant falling this weekend as well,” he said.
“This is what makes the competition very exciting and we are really happy with the performance of the small teams.”
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