Super League teams are set to battle it out for places in the next round of the inaugural FISD Cup when they meet in the preliminary round this weekend.
With district teams already in the semi-final stages where eight teams will proceed to the national level, all the 16 Super League teams are set to be on the field of play this weekend when eight of them will also proceed to the national level.
On Saturday, Super League defending Champions Nyasa Big Bullets will play host to Wizards FC at the Kamuzu Stadium.
This will be their third meeting this season, with Bullets winning once in a league match last month while the other game ended 1-all.
Wizards owner and Technical Director Peter Mponda said though they are in the competition, his team is focusing much on finishing in the top eight of the Super League but they will give Bullets a tough run for their money.
At Kalulu Stadium, Azam Tigers will entertain Blue Eagles in what has been picked as the game of the week.
Both teams always find it very difficult to perform in cup games but one of the two will surely sail through to the national level.
Tigers are coming from a disappointing 1-nil league defeat at the hands of Red Lions but playing at Kalulu Stadium is a plus for Gerald Phiri’s side.
At Silver Stadium, Max Bullets are in for another task as they face Silver Strikers at their own backyard.
The two teams have already met twice in league matches, with the Central Bankers winning both games and scoring seven goals in the process and if the Bankers are in the same goal scoring mood, Max Bullets should brace themselves for another humiliating defeat.
At Chitowe Stadium, Dwangwa United will host Mafco FC while Moyale Barracks will play host to Epac FC at Mzuzu Stadium.
And on Sunday, newly crowned Carlsberg Cup champions Mighty Wanderers will entertain Karonga United, two weeks after thumping them 4-nil in a league match.
The Nomads are cup specialists and if they can continue their good run of form in cup matches, Karonga United might be taught some footballing lessons by the Lali Luban boys.
At Civo Stadium, struggling Civo Service United will host Mzuni FC who have started the second round of the top flight on a very poor note.
This will definitely be a battle for the wounded Soldiers who will be looking to bounce back from yet another disappointing soccer season.
And at Zomba Community Centre Ground, Red Lions will host their brothers in arms Kamuzu Barracks in what looks like one of the best cup games to watch this season.
The Zomba based Soldiers are having a frustrating season but they have got all the chances to avenge that 2-nil defeat to Kamuzu Barracks a fortnight ago in Lilongwe.
However, their opponents are in their best form and if they are to be beaten, Red Lions must tactically be good to outsmart Billy Phambala’s side.
The Cup is being sponsored by the Foundation for Irrigation Systems Development (Fisd) to the tune of K45 million, with the winner walking away with K10 million as prize money and a trophy.