A surprise was sprung weeks ago, when one lower league side Sable Farming pulled a post-match penalty win against a top league side Civil to reach the round 16 of the FDH Cup. However, this was not just the talking point as other three lower league sides managed to reach the same feat. That is the character that the next round of fixtures carries.
Mighty Wanderers Reserves, Rumphi United and Dedza Young Soccer will bank on a challenge they have with top league sides this week to either fly their flag higher or yet still remember a great cup.
‘’ For us, this is a big opportunity. The moment we sailed through in Lilongwe 3-4 against Civil our motivation was way big now. But, we have to place the sights on the next game’’ said Sable Farming Team Manager Duncan Ngolanga ahead of the side’s encounter against super league side Ntopwa (who won 3 nil against fellow top tier side Mzuzu Warriors) at Kamuzu Stadium.
Rumphi United, a side that plays in the northern region football league will fly a similar flag today as they face Red Lions. The side reached this stage following a resounding 2 nil against Southern region based Neno Giants.
On the other hand, the Zomba based side banked on to sail through after a 3-2 win against central region side Simbi FC.
But Jones Mokotoni, Rumphi United team manager believes the competition has posited them an opportunity to feel how to challenge for honors under intense environments.
‘’ We look forward to play Red Lions like a final. We know they are from the elite league but we feel we are capable of doing it and we will do it’’ he said.
Up north, Mighty Wanderers Reserve face a tall order against super league Ekwendeni Hammers, a side that lies 5th in the top tier league.
The young Nomads reached this round at the back of 2 nil win over Luwinga while Ekwendeni narrowly beat Airoborne 2-1.
On Sunday, the Nankhaka stadium, will see the FDH Bank colors fly, when Dedza Young Soccer face Blue Eagles.
Dedza Young Soccer coach Andy Grova tells us ahead of the fixture that they well reckon the prospected intensity of the match saying, they will play lungs out.
So as what appear to be small guns are getting ready to shoot, the top tier league sides must be well aware that it is a matter of the bullets from the nose that will matter the most.
Here is the entire fixture list.
Friday: 23 July 2021
MAFCO vs Kamuzu Barracks
Sable Farming vs Ntopwa
Rumphi United vs Red Lions
Saturday 24 July 2021
Ekwendeni vs Wanderers Reserve
Silver Strikers vs Moyale Barracks
Mighty Wanderers vs Chitipa United
Sunday 25 July 2021
Blue Eagles vs Dedza Young Soccer
Nyasa Big Bullets vs Mighty Tigers
On 26th August FAM and FDH bank signed a five-year deal worth K450 million for a League Cup competition with the winner slated to claim K25 Million.
The FDH Cup has been participated by Super League clubs and Regional Premier Division League teams only.