Defining moments for regional teams in FDH Cup

FDH Cup

The Southern and northern region football teams will this weekend have a final play in the second preliminary round of FDH Cup to book their places at the national stage.

The two regions kicked off their first round, which also included some play-offs last weekend, while the central region will kick off this weekend.

According to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) director of communications, Gomezgani Zakazaka, the regional champions from the south and north will have to wait for the others from the central to have a complete 16 sides for he national clash.

"This weekend, the northern region will have to give us four teams, while the other four have to be knocked out. We expect six teams from the southern region, to make it 10, while we wait for the other six from the central region," he said.

The official launch of the cup was done in Balaka last week.

After the first round, Zakazaka said all started well, as teams were eager to qualify for the national encounter especially after being energized by some incentives, including buying jerseys and giving each qualifying regional team K500, 000.

"This is the first time for the competition to remember the regional teams. The initiative has helped to hype up the competition in the cup. Everyone is eyeing the incentives first before the national championship," he said.

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Bullets reserve will also be in action- photos courtesy of FAM and NBB 

This week's fixture has Wanderers Reserve playing MDF Marine at Kamuzu Stadium, The Boys will host Immigration and Polytechnic entertaining Zomba Airbase at Mpira Stadium on Saturday.

On Sunday, Chiradzulu based side, Sable Farming will battle it out with Blantyre City FC at Balaka Stadium, while Mangochi United hosts Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves at Mangochi Stadium.

The final one from the southern region is Neno Giants hosting Nyasa United at Neno Stadium.

Up North, it will be Chibwaka FC playing Ekwendeni at Luwinga Technical Centre, before Karonga based side, Baka City and Favoured FC sweat for the national slot at Rumphi Stadium on Saturday.

Sunday, KV FC and Rumphi United will be at Luwinga Technical Centre for the third spot, before Mzuzu based Luwinga United and Chilumba Barracks travel to Rumphi Stadium to fight for the last regional slot.

In the Central Region, Dedza Young Soccer will be home against Ascent Academy at Dedza Stadium, while Ntcheu Strikers play Mbavi United at Nthumbo ground.

Mtsiriza United will be at Lilongwe Community Ground battling with Extreme FC, before Airborne Rangers play Green Rangers at Salima ground.

On Sunday, eight games have been lined up, beginning with Dedza Dynamos hosting At Gabriel Medicals at Dedza Stadium, while Luanar FC will be at Nankhaka Ground facing Mchinji Boma Strikers.

Ekas Freight Wanderers will battle it out with Support Battalion at Civo Stadium, as  Ngolowindo face Kamuzu Barracks Youth in Salima.

The fifth game of the day will be between Wimbe versus Simbi FC in Kasungu, before Mitundu Strikers face Kasungu Police at Lilongwe Community Ground.

Super League relegated side, Dwangwa United will be at home entertaining Chitedze Strikers, while Silver Strikers Reserve team will host Kawinga at Civo Stadium.

Apart from being the first to remember regional qualifying teams, FDH Cup is also the highest football competition on the land, as it will see the champion cart home K25 million.