Silver Strikers’ Coach, Lovemore Fazili, has vowed to halt Nyasa Big Bullets’ unbeaten run at Kamuzu Stadium as the two sides tussle this afternoon in the Fisd Challenge Cup round of-16 tie.
Fazili is optimistic that his charges can complete a double over Bullets as the two giants also clash in a TNM Super League’s potential championship decider at Silver Stadium on Sunday.
Going into today’s game, Silver received a timely boost after securing the services of winger, Thuso Paipi, who was earlier ordered to return to parent club, Premier Bet Wizards, following the expiry of his loan deal.
Fazili said if they beat Bullets away today, then the Bankers stand a greater chance of overcoming the Peoples’ Team in the league game at home.
“We are coming from a goalless draw against our arch rivals, Civo United, in the league, but this is a cup game that needs to be treated carefully,” he said.
“I have been talking to my boys for the past two days that we need to win at all cost so that we can have morale in our next match against them. I know that it is not easy to beat them at their own backyard, but we are ready for them.”
The Bankers are now free to feature Paipi this afternoon after Wizards’ owner, Peter Mponda, confirmed to have cleared the player.
But Bullets’ Coach, Mabvuto Lungu, said although they have not had enough rest after a 0-0 draw with Azam Tigers on Sunday , they were deteremined to progress to the quarter-finals.
“We have only the Presidential Cup which was won with the then coach, Franco Ndawa. Now the show is in my hand. After being shown the exit in Carlsberg Cup when we lost to Mafco FC in Lilongwe, this is the time to fight in Fisd Cup. We are set for the showdown,” Lungu said.
Silver and Bullets are fighting for the league title. Silver top the league table with 42 points from 22 games, one point ahead of the second-placed Bullets, who have played 23 games.
Simama Premier Division side , Zolozolo FC, were the first side to reach the quarterfinals of Fisd Cup after beating Dwangwa Town Hammers FC 1-0 last Sunday in Mzuzu, thanks to Zikani Sichinga’s goal.
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