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Mangochi Police FC patron, Elijah Kachikuwo, has struck a correct chord, calling on Nyasa Big Bullets’ red army to throw their weight behind the underdogs as they challenge Be Forward Wanderers this afternoon.

This Carlsberg Cup semifinal is a typical biblical David versus Goliath affair and Kachikuwo is under no illusion that the Southern Region Premier Division team can match the holders, Wanderers, on and off the pitch.

“It would be a dull match if the fans cheer on one side only. We know that Wanderers’ fans cannot cheer us for obvious reasons. This is why we are asking Bullets supporters to come in large numbers and be on our side,” said Kachikuwo in an interview at Mangochi Secondary School Ground on Thursday.

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The former Super League of Malawi (Sulom) treasurer assured that his charges will fight gallantly like they did when ousting Premier Bet Wizards from the quarterfinals through post-match penalties.

“We have been supported in terms of fuel, food and accommodation. People of Mangochi have helped us. We are encouraged and we are ready to do them proud,” Kachikuwo added.

The minnows will surely depend on the predatory skills of Daniel Nkhata, who has three goals in the cup, and Alia Nyondo.

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The two are the chief reason the Mangochi cops have come this far in the cup.

Bullets’ Supporters’ Committee Chairperson, Stone Mwamadi, yesterday accepted Mangochi’s request.

“We will give them support the entire 90 minutes. Mangochi will win this match. I can even bet K1 million on this one. However, I urge our fans to refrain from any misconduct so that our rivals should not find a scapegoat for a loss,” Mwamadi said.

Wanderers’ Team Manager, Steve Madeira, and coach Elia Kananji, said they were aware of the threat teams which underdog’s tags carry. Mangochi held Wanderers Reserve 1-1 in a Premier Division match last weekend.

“They have an idea about our style of play and our key players, but we have limited knowledge about them. They will not give us space on the ball. They will give us a good run for our money. We need to pass the ball quicker and keep possession,” said Kananji, whose side saw off Prison United 1-0 in the quarterfinal.

Wanderers have been boosted by the return from injury of several players such as Malumbo Gondwe and Jabulani Linje. However, midfielder Isaac Kaliyati, keepers Nenani Juwaya, Peter Munthali and defender Peter Nselema remain injured.

Mangochi Police have a tough task of policing free-scoring Peter Wadabwa. Elsewhere, Silver Strikers and Mafco meet in another semifinal tomorrow at Civo Stadium.

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