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Silver Strikers’ Head Coach, Lovemore Fazili, has said that his charges will not underrate struggling Dwangwa United when meeting them in the Fisd Challenge Cup quarterfinals at Silver Stadium today.

To qualify for the quarterfinals, the Central Bankers beat Blantyre giants, Nyasa Big Bullets, 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium a fortnight ago in the last-16 whereas Dwangwa laboured to beat Sayama FC of Mulanje 4-2 at MDC Stadium.

Coming from a 0-0 draw against Bullets last Sunday in a TNM Super League encounter, Fazili insisted that Dwangwa will not be a walk over.

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Fazili admitted that there was pressure ahead of the quarter final match.

With a cream of players such as Thuso Paipi , Duncan Nyoni, Matthew Sibale, Victor Limbani and Captain, Lucky Malata, Fazili has no doubt that the Area 47 outfit will win.

“We are looking forward to this match. This is a very crucial game for us because our colleagues are also eyeing the semifinals. We are treating each and every game as a cup final. I am optimistic that we will do better on Saturday [today]. After failing to win Carlsberg Cup, we are now banking on Fisd Cup.” Fazili said.

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However, Coach for Dwangwa, McDonald Mtetemela, insisted that they were capable of beating Silver at their own backyard.

Mtetemela said meeting Silver in a cup game is a litmus test for his boys as they want to survive in the elite league.

“It will be a tough game but we not worried because in a cup competition, you expect to meet any team. We will go flat out with our usual play. We are promising fireworks. We do not have injuries and suspensions. I am sure my boys will not disappoint me,” Mtetemela said.

Another interesting quarterfinal match is between Blue Eagles and non- league side, Tiakalulu FC, to be played at Nankhaka Stadium, Lilongwe. Eagles’ General Manager, Gabriel Chirwa, insisted that playing the minnows is tough.

“If they reached this stage, it means that they are no longer under dogs. We need to treat this game carefully. These smaller teams always give a headache because they want to disappoint big teams. We we will not approach the game in a casual way,” Chirwa said.

Tiakalulu’s Technical Director, Africano Phiri, said they were not shaken with the prospect of taking on Eagles.

“We are a small team in town with no names but we want to do wonders. Reaching this far, we have done a lot and I need to thank the boys for a job well done. We are going to Area 30 with confidence that anything can happen in football,” Phiri said.

Quarterfinal matches will be completed tomorrow with Be Forward Wanderers welcoming Simama Premier Division side, Zolozolo, at Kamuzu Stadium while Kamuzu Barracks face Nsanama FC at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe

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