The fourth edition of Fisd Challenge Cup got underway Friday with preliminary round battles taking centre stage.
This year’s competition features intriguing events as the champions will lift a new trophy after the old one was left to 2018 champions Be Forward Wanderers as a souvenir.
In today’s action, Silver Strikers Reserve host Mlatho Mponela whereas two games will take place tomorrow with Hangover United taking on Airborne Rangers and Masters Security clashing with Red Lions.
Fisd’s Marketing and Communications Officer, Wezzie Chiumia, said they thought of replacing the trophy with a new one to ignite fire in the competition.
“This will add excitement to the competition as the winning team will be itching to make history by being the first to lift the new trophy. We therefore expect fireworks in this year’s contest,” Chiumia said.
Champions in this year’s edition will pocket K20 million with the runners-up receiving K7 million, up from K6 million.
Regional teams will get K300,000 subvention for their participation.
Fisd re-affirmed its commitment to football by stating that they would see out their five-year partnership with Football Association of Malawi.
The sponsorship is at K60 million and Wanderers, having won the trophy on its inauguration, are also the defending champions.