Ntopwa FC put their TNM Super League poor form behind as they beat Mzuzu Warriors 3-0 at Mzuzu Stadium to qualify for the round of 16 of the inaugural FDH Bank Cup.
This means Ntopwa have completed the round of 16 list of the competition to set a tie against giant killers Sable Farming, who knocked out Civil Service United after a 4-3 victory on post-match penalties.
Mphatso Magaleta hammered a brace after Levison Chabwera opened the scoring for Ntopwa.
It was Karen Chaula’s first win in-charge of the team.
Chaula, who is the first female coach to manage a top flight team in the country, will be hoping that her troops will replicate cup form in the league.
Ntopwa Technical Director Isaac Jomo Osman was relieved with the result.
“Many people did not give us a chance but God has made it possible. I knew that the team would get a good result,” Osman said, whose side remains with seven matches in the league, said.
Warriors Coach Gilbert Chirwa conceded defeat.
“We played well but we could not score goals,” Chirwa said.
The round of 16 list comprises 12 Super League teams and four lower-league teams.
However, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is yet to set dates and venues for the matches.
Nyasa Big Bullets will face Mighty Tigers whereas Mighty Be Forward Wanderers will meet Chitipa United.
Other matches will involve Silver Strikers and Moyale Barracks whereas Mafco will face Kamuzu Barracks.
Ekwendeni Hammers will meet Wanderers Reserve whereas Rumphi United will face Red Lions. Blue Eagles will be in action against Dedza Young Soccer.
Champions of the inaugural K90 million FDH Cup will pocket K25 million, the highest prize money in domestic football, whereas the runners-up will get K8 million.
Semifinalists will get K2 million whereas quarterfinalists will pocket K1 million. Top goal-scorer of the competition will receive K200,000. There will also be Discovery of the Competition award.