20 September 2016 Last updated at: 10:35 PM

FISD Cup format to change next season

The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and sponsors FISD have announced that the format of the FISD Cup at the regional level will change starting from next season.

The FA Second Vice President James Mwenda told Malawi24 that starting next year, sports district councils will be selecting best players identified in the Presidential Cup in their districts to represent the districts at the regional and national levels.

“As you can see, districts presidential cup winners are competing at the regional level where the best eight from all the three regions will make it into the round of 16 at the national level but the format will change from next year because districts sports councils will be selecting best players identified in the presidential cup to represent their districts in the FISD Cup,” said Mwenda.

James Mwenda

James Mwenda made the revelations.

At the regional level, three teams each from Southern Region and Central Region will make it to the national level, with the Northern Region contributing two teams.

Meanwhile, the inaugural FISD National Challenge Cup rolled into action at the regional level in all the three regions of the country.

The regional Preliminary draw involved all the Presidential Cup district champions from all the three regions, with 13 teams coming from the Southern Region, 9 from the Central Region and 7 from the Northern Region.

After the weekend’s games, some teams made it through to the next round of the competition.

Super League teams will start their battle on 1st and 2nd October, with the National draw set for October 4th.

The regional finals will be played from 15th-16th October while Round of 16 action will be on the weekend of 25th-26th October.

The quarter-finals of the cup will be played during the weekend of 4th-5th November, the semi-finals will be played during the weekend of 19th-20th November, and the final will be played on 10th December.

The cup is being sponsored by FISD to the tune of K45 million.