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FDH Bank Cup action returns

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Chris Kalichero

Action in FDH Bank Cup returns Friday with round-of-16 matches in all the three regions of the country.

The eight matches will be played from Friday up to Sunday, with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals.

In Friday’s action, Rumphi United will take on Red Lions at Mzuzu Stadium while Mafco will engage Kamuzu Barracks in an all- Malawi Defence Force affair at Civo Stadium.

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The other match scheduled for Friday is between Southern Region Football League Premier Division side Sable Farming and TNM Super League outfit Ntopwa at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.

Action continues on Saturday, with Mighty Wanderers hosting Chitipa United at Kamuzu Stadium whereas Silver Strikers will be at home against Moyale Barracks at Silver Stadium.

Ekwendeni Hammers will also be involved in Saturday’s action, which will see them welcoming Wanderers Reserve at Mzuzu Stadium.

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On Sunday, Nyasa Big Bullets lock horns with Mighty Tigers at Kamuzu Stadium, with Blue Eagles hosting Dedza Young Soccer at Nankhaka Stadium.

Football Association of Malawi Commercial Director Limbani Matola said everything was in place for the eight matches.

Matola said they would strictly observe all Covid prevention measures that restrict the number of people at all matches to 100.

“We know that soccer fans would have loved to watch the action at all the match venues but they should understand the situation we are in. The government announced restrictions and it is our responsibility to comply with the measures,” he said.

Matola said they were also enjoying good cooperation from the National Referees Association (NRA) and assured clubs that the match officials would do a good job.

NRA General Secretary Chris Kalichero said it was important for club officials to understand Laws of the Game.

“There are cases where referees are unfairly accused. We want club officials to help in controlling situations where fans or players are up in arms against referees. We need sessions where we should be talking to each other,” Kalichero said.

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