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Regional play-offs for this year’s Presidential Cup kick-off this Saturday after a draw conducted Tuesday at Mpira Village in Blantyre, where TNM Super League giants largely avoided each other.

From the play-offs, 16 teams will qualify for the national round draw, with seven from the South, five from the Centre and four from the North.

The draw came out with several David versus Goliath fixtures, and just one all-Super League affair involving Kamuzu Barracks and Epac.

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Among others, champions Mafco were pited against an Under 20 youth side from Mchinji—Mkweza Youth while Super League title holders, Nyasa Big Bullets, meet Sable Farming FC.

Be Forward Wanderers engage Cobbe Barracks, whereas Silver Strikers were drawn against Chulu of Kasungu District.

Blue Eagles will be up against Madisi Madrid and Standard Bank holders, Civo United, have Msundwe as their opponents.

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Super League re-entrants, Dwangwa United, have a tie against Lake Valley FC of Ntcheu as Azam Tigers engage former Super League side, Zomba United.

Red Lions were drawn against Chikolomo of Machinga with Wizards being pitted against Sayama of Mulanje.

Super League newcomers, Max Bullets, will play Mwanza Madrid and up North, Moyale Barracks have Mzuzu Under 20 side, Fish Eagles, as their opponents.

Mzuni meet Mchengautuwa, whereas Chitipa United and another Super League returnee, Karonga United, were drawn against each other.

The national draw will take place on May 12 with the finals set for the weekend of July 11.

Speaking before the draw, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, thanked government for sponsoring the cup to the tune of K6O million.

“We want to witness a tournament without hooliganism. Football should be the winner. This should be another successful event,” said Nyirenda, adding that Fam was discussing with Malawi National Council of Sports about the possibility of increasing the sponsorship.

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