Local football powerhouses Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers will renew their rivalry in a friendly at Kamuzu Stadium on Wednesday, Independence Day.
The match comes courtesy of Nzika Foundation, after the institution was approached by the two teams to consider bankrolling the friendly.
This was after government cancelled the initial friendly between the two household football names, which was supposed to mark Independence Day celebrations.
All the parties including Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and teams confirmed the development.
In a brief statement, Fam Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka said the association has given its consent for the match to go ahead.
Wanderers Board Secretary Humphreys Mvula said they approached Nzika after the government decided not to accommodate the match on Independence Day.
“After government cancelled the July 6 football match, the two teams still wanted the match played. We approached Nzika to pick up the cost of hosting the matches. Nzika accepted but on condition that we get approval from Fam. We wrote Fam but we have not received any reply. We are not sure if that match will be played because we are now running out of time,” he said.
Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga echoed the sentiments.
“We hope the match will go ahead under Nzika,” he said.
Nzika Foundation Team Leader Gift Nankhuni said they were waiting for official confirmation from Fam before outlining their plans for the match.
“We were indeed approached and we are ready to take over the costs. Once the match is confirmed we will announce all the logistics for the match through a press statement or briefing,” Nankhuni said.
Nzika Foundation has been involved in charity work. Last month, the body donated construction materials to Nyamadzere Model Primary School for the construction of a classroom block with two classrooms.
The body raised K42 million from a two-day Pamtsetse Football Bonanza which attracted the country’s top four clubs; Nyasa Big Bullets, Mighty Wanderers, Silver Strikers and Civil Sporting Club to help flood survivors in Nsanje and Chikwawa.
Silver won the bonanza after beating Wanderers in the final.