Southern Region Football Association Premier League side Hangover United Head Coach, Macdonald Yobe, has said his side can reach its first ever Fisd Challenge Cup final if it maintains its positive attitude.
Hangover welcome Kamuzu Barracks at Mpira Stadium in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre on Sunday.
“We know we can do it. We are a lower league side but our target is now to reach the finals of the cup [Fisd]. We just need to maintain our usual fighting spirit to get it right. We have a very rare positive attitude which allows us to fight to get a result,” Yobe said.
Hangover knocked out Mighty Tigers in Round of 16 before eliminating Be Forward Wanderers with a come from behind 2-1 victory.
However, Yobe has warned his charges to neither overrate nor undermine themselves.
“Of course we knocked out top Super League teams in quarterfinals and Round of 16. But that does not make us invincible. We can only use those matches in terms of getting confidence and avoid looking down upon ourselves. On Sunday we still need to work hard to sail through,” he said.
Last season, Hangover reached the semifinals of the now defunct Carlsberg Cup but they lost to Wanderers 4-0.
In 2017 Kamuzu Barracks won Fisd Challenge Cup title when they beat their fellow soldiers Moyale Barracks 1-0 at Civo stadium in Lilongwe.
KB Assistant Coach, Ted Kalinda, said underrating Hangover would be suicidal as the side booted out Super League teams before.
“We are treating this game seriously. They beat other Super League teams which is an indication that they are good,” he said.
Meanwhile, the sponsors of the cup- Fisd-are set to dress semifinalists today ahead of the semifinals.
Fisd’s Marketing and Communications Officer, Wezzie Chiumia, said the uniforms will add colour.
“It is a tradition to give semifinalists uniform. It’s been a delightful journey so far. We have seen a great deal of competition. I think the increase in the grand prize has made teams realise this is the competition in which they can give their all. Right from the inception it’s been clear that no team wants to bid farewell to the greatest grand prize in the land,” he said in reference to the K20 million winners will get from this year.