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Big Bullets, Nomads in tricky ties

Domestic football giants, Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers, might have avoided each other in the Presidential Cup Round of 16, but they face a stern test after being drawn against tricky opposition during Thursday’s draw held at Mpira Village in Blantyre.

Super League of Malawi Vice- President and member of Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam’s) competitions committee, Daud Suleman, conducted the draw in conjunction with Malawi National Council of Sports board member, Krishna Achuthan.

Wanderers have been drawn at home against Red Lions, whereas Bullets have to wait to know their opponent because the Central Region play-offs are yet to be completed.

Blue Eagles met Dwangwa Town Hammers yesterday as we went to press with the winner to face Silver Strikers.

The winner between Silver and Eagles/Dwangwa Town Hammers would host Bullets.

In other Round of 16 ties, Moyale Barracks entertain the winner between Civo United and Master Security, whose match was abandoned on Wednesday.

Wizards FC welcome the winner between Max Bullets and Hard Knockers.

In an all-Super League affair, Mafco FC host Azam Tigers.

Rumphi Pirates knocked out Super League side, Karonga United, and they face Dwangwa United away as they seek to continue their fairytale run in the competition.

The winner in the Kabwafu and Ipota Last 32 tie face the winner between Manyamula and Mchengautuba in the Round of 16.

Epac FC host Dululu FC in the other Round of 16 tie.

In the quarterfinals, the winner in the Wizards FC and Max Bullets/Hard Knockers tie would face the winner in the Wanderers and Lions tie.

In the second quarterfinal, the winner in the Dwangwa United and Rumphi Pirates tie faces either Mafco or Tigers.

In the third quarterfinal, the winner between Epac and Dululu would be at home to either Moyale/Master Security/ Civo.

The final quarterfinal would see the winner in the Kabwafu/Ipota v Manyamula/Mchengautuba tie facing the winner in the Silver/ Eagles/Dwangwa Town Hammers v Bullets tie.

Fam said it would soon announce the dates for the Round of 16 and quarterfinals.

Achuthan said the Sports Council expects exciting ties in the latter stages of the competition that registered 924 teams.

“We have already seen teams from the lower divisions and rural areas having the opportunity of playing against the elite clubs. That is the objective of the competition; to give an opportunity to other teams and players to develop. We expect stiff competition in the upcoming stages of the competition,” he said.

Only Bullets were represented during the draw and their Team Manager, Rahim Ishmael, was cautious in reaction to the draw.

“It is a tough draw. The major challenge for us is that we have to wait to find out our opponent. Our counterparts would have the opportunity to plan properly because they know their opponents. But still we will still keep on preparing hard. Cup games are tricky,” he said.

The Presidential Cup returned this year after a three-year break and the champions would get K10 million.

Bullets won the last edition of the competition.

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