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Big Bullets in family battle, as minnows vow to upset giants

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Enos Chatama

The inaugural K90 million FDH Cup Round of 32 rolls into life this afternoon with mouth-watering fixtures across the country.

There are several ties involving giants and minnows and chances of upsets cannot be ignored.

Apart from the David versus Goliath affairs, there is another potentially entertaining family affair as Nyasa Big Bullets face their reserve side at Kamuzu Stadium this afternoon.

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It will be an emotional afternoon for the Bullets family as they will be divided for at least 90 minutes.

On paper, the senior team might have a slight upper hand due to their experience but in cup games anything can happen.

Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa said they will show no mercy on their Junior side.

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“A good opponent we are playing against, the team which also plays a similar philosophy with us. We need to approach them well for us to win. The young boys have a lot of energy and we need to think more than them to progress to the next round,” he added.

Probably, pressure will be on the senior team to avoid an early exit in the competition.

Bullets Reserve Coach Enos Chatama said his troops will not give respect to the senior team.

“We are ready to face them and we will not surrender it in 90 minutes,” Chatama said.

Elsewhere, Blue Eagles host Ekwendeni United at Nankhaka Ground in what could be another David vs Goliath affair.

Ekwendeni Coach Harold Phiri fired warning shots to Eagles.

“We are underdogs on paper but we will play to win,” he said.

Eagles assistant Coach Gerald Phiri Senior admitted it is a tricky fixture.

“It is a must-win match for us. But we need to be careful,” he said.

In other matches, Dedza Dynamos have a date against Mafco at Civo Stadium whereas Red Lions host Simbi FC at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.

Dynamos Coach Christopher Zinyongo vowed to upset Mafco.

“Let them underrate us at their own peril,” he said.

Up north, Karonga United will face Mighty Wanderers at Mzuzu Stadium. However, Karonga were yet to confirm if they will travel to Mzuzu for the match after protesting the match venue.

TN Stars will host Moyale Barracks at Kasungu Stadium in another match involving top flight teams this afternoon. The champions of the inaugural FDH Bank Cup will pocket K25 million whereas the runners-up will get K8 million.

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