TNM Super League giants, Silver Strikers, Wednesday dramatised the inaugural Fisd Challenge Cup when they made two contradictory decisions within 24 hours.
On Tuesday evening, Silver announced that they had withdrawn from the cup, but reversed the decision Wednesday morning.
Silver’s Acting-General Secretary, Thabo Nyirenda, confirmed that the club had made a U-turn and they will meet struggling MTV Max Bullets this weekend at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.
“There have been changes of circumstances after the decision was made on Tuesday. We have been assured of more sponsorship to enable us fulfill the fixtures,” Nyirenda said.
In a letter addressed to Football Association of Malawi (Fam) on Tuesday, Silver claimed that they had withdrawn from the competitions due to financial constraints.
“Silver FC would like to thank Fam for accepting its application to participate in the Fisd Cup, and its relentless efforts to identify sponsors for various cups,” part of the letter signed by the club’s Chairperson, Ralph Tseka reads.
“However, it is with profound regret that we would like to inform you that Silver would not be able to fulfill Fisd Cup fixtures due to financial constraints as the cup competitions are costly as compared to the prize money. We wish to concentrate on the league games.”
At a recent Executive Committee meeting, Silver agreed to withdraw from the competition, but the development triggered anger from their fans, hence the reversal of the pull-out.
The champions of the inaugural Fisd Cup will walk away with K10 million whereas the runner-up and semi-finalists will pocket K4 million and K1 million, respectively.
The Bankers are on track to reclaim the TNM Super League title this season following improved performances under the Young Chimodzi-led technical panel.
Silver also reached their first ever Carlsberg Cup final this year, but lost to Be Forward Wanderers 5-4 on post-match penalties.
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