The draw for the 2018 Carlsberg Cup last 32 took place on Tuesday at Mpira Village in Blantyre and it saw the big guns avoid each other.
The draw was conducted by Castel Malawi Limited’ Market Category Manager Twikale Chirwa and Football Association of Malawi (FAM) officials and it was witnessed by team representatives and the members of the media.
Nyasa Big Bullets will begin their title defence at home against a Premier division side Mitundu, while Silver Strikers will visit another division side Lilongwe Veterans.
The round’s stand-out tie is undoubtedly the clash between Karonga United and last season’s runners up in the competition Be Forward Wanderers FC.
The other all Super League showdowns will see Azam Tigers hosting 2012 winners Kamuzu Barracks while TN Stars will play Civil Sporting Club, with Nchalo United welcoming Red Lions and Masters Security entertaining Mzuni FC.
The first round clashes will be played on the weekends of 18th to 26th August, with the round of 16 being completed in the second week of September. The venues and kick-off times will be confirmed by the FA.
Karonga United v Be Forward Wanderers
MDF Marine v Blue Eagles
MAFCO v Naming’omba FC
Azam Tigers v Kamuzu Barracks
TN Stars v Civil Sporting Club
Nyasa Big Bullets v Mitundu
Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve v Moyale Barracks
Lilongwe Veterans v Silver Strikers
Changalume Barracks v Ngolowindo FC
Cobbe Barracks v Airborne Rangers
Nchengautuwa FC v Mighty Ivory
Nchalo United v Red Lions
Ekwendeni Hammers v Staffords FC
Masters Security v Mzuni FC
Hangover v Chitipa United/Manyamula
Dwangwa United v Luanar
The competition started on 28th July, 2018 with Regional preliminaries involving Premier Divisions teams in the three Regional Leagues.
About 56 team joined the preliminary round with 22 in the South, 20 in the Centre and 14 in the North and 16 teams out of the 56 teams qualified for the national phase where they joined 16 Super League teams.
The cup is being sponsored by Castel Malawi to the tune of K40 million.