The battle is finally on. The battle field is Civo stadium in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city and the two teams on each side of the war zone is Big Bullets and Moyale Barracks. Dangling for the winner is the Presidential Cup. And the cash prize is K 10 million.
Travelling from Blantyre in southern part of Malawi is Big Bullets FC which has a fierce striking force of Gabadhino Mhango, Diverson Mlozi and Heston Munthali while Moyale Barracks FC has travelled from Mzuzu in the northen part of Malawi.
Moyale FC boasts of being cup specialist and the team has ever defeated Bullets in a cup finals.
Though without individual brilliance, Moyale plays as a unit, is able to play fast, physical and counter attack football. Being an army side, they are able to endure any heat and change game plan without much ado.
Veterans Victor Phiri and Lameck Thindwa are geared to lead the Kaning’ina lions roar against the Blantyre Bullets so that at the end of the regulated time, Mzuzu should have something to smile at.
With Simukonda and Fukizi brothers, Moyale can achieve their feat but Bullets have a steady midfield and defense which calls for brilliance and fine tuned tactical approach.
Eddington Ng’omano lead coach for Bullets has a tough task to chose his first eleven from other equally perfect players like James Chilapondwa, Fundi Akidu, Fischer Kondowe, Chikumbutso Kanyenda, Henry Kabichi, Douglas Chilambo, Samson Chonde, Lesley Tamutamu, Grant Lungu, Ian Chinyama, Sankhani Nyirenda.
In Owen Chaima, the people’s team, as Bullets is commonly known has perfect goal keeping which is another stumbling block for Moyale.
But as all roads lead to Civo stadium and others glue their ears to radios to follow the proceedings of the match, at the end of it all, one team will have to cart home a K 10m purse.