FDH Bank has reiterated its commitment to helping in the country’s football development by pledging to dress all the 16 teams to emerge from the round-of-32 in the regional preliminary stages of the K90 million FDH Bank Cup.
The competition, which starts on May 29, will have 20 teams from the South, with the Centre contributing 18 and 16 coming from the North.
FDH Bank Marketing Manager Ronald Chimchere said they expected stiff competition in the inaugural event.
“We are very happy that the regional draw has been successful. Our commitment is not only to give K500,000 to each of the 16 teams that will qualify for the national draw, but we will also dress them with branded uniforms. Each team will also get two match balls just to motivate them in the course of the competition,” Chimchere said.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary Alfred Gunda expressed satisfaction with the draw which took place at Mpira Village in Blantyre Wednesday.
“We are happy that, finally, football is returning across the country.
“We will make sure that all Covid preventive measures are followed, just like we are doing with the TNM Super League and regional leagues. We expect the fans to observe social distance and mask up, including washing hands with soap during matches,” Gunda said.
The draw was graced by Malawi National Football Team Coach Meck Mwase and Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) Chairperson Raphael Humba, among others.
During the draw, Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves, Sable Farming, MDF Marine and Blantyre City were seeded after finishing in the top four of the SRFA league in 2019.
The preliminary round draw for Southern Region teams was as follows:
Neno Giants vs Bangwe All Stars
Chinamwali vs Wanderers Reserves
Maxi Steffords vs Mangochi United
Zomba Airbase vs Prison United
The Boys vs Fomo
Changalume Barracks vs Immigration
Polytechnic vs Wizards
Nyasa United vs White Eagles
Results for the Central Region were as follows:
Ekas Freight Wanderers vs Support Battalion
Mitundu Strikers vs Kasungu Police
Silver Strikers Reserves vs Kawinga
Dedza Young Soccer vs Ascent Academy
Mtsiriza United vs Extreme
Ntcheu Strikers vs Mbabzi United
Dedza Dynamo vs St Gabriel Medicals
Luanar vs Mchinji Boma Boys
Airborne Rangers vs Green Rangers
Dwangwa United vs Chitedze Strikers
Ngolowindo vs KB Youth
Wimbe United vs Simbi
The Northern Region draw was as follows:
Chibaka vs Kande
Raiply vs Chitipa Stars
Embangweni vs Chilumba Barracks
Luwinga vs Chintheche United
Baka City vs Ekwendeni Hard Knockers
Favored Stars vs Ng’onga
KV FC vs Bright Stars
Manyamula vs Rumphi United
Ekwendeni United vs Rumphi Wanderers
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.