FISD dress-up semifinalists

Blantyre: Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (FISD) Limited Company on Thursday handed over football kits to teams in the semifinal stages of the 2018 FISD Cup Competition.

The four teams, Moyale Barracks, Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers and Be Forward Wanderers.

The Soldiers Moyale Barracks will on this Saturday play against Mighty Be Forward Wanderers at the Bingu National Stadium (BSN) in the FISD Cup semifinals and on Sunday, December 9, 2018 Nyasa Big Bullets takes on Silver Strikers at the same venue.

Speaking during the presentation of the jerseys at Football Association of Malawi’s (FAM) Head Offices in Chiwembe, Blantyre, FISD Limited Company Marketing Manager, Wezzie Chiumia said the company has walked its talk in dressing the four semifinalist.

When we were launching the cup we said that we will dress the four last teams in the competition and we are to live to our word and to us it is a chance of proving that we are people of integrity, he said.

Fam Director of Competitions and Communication, Gomezgani Zakazaka expressed gratitude to all stakeholders involved in the running of the Cup for the good reputation the cup has maintained since it was launched.

We haven’t witnessed issues that negatively painted a picture that things are not going on well. I would like to thank the police, the teams, and supporters for doing a good job. It’s our belief that the spirit will be carried through to semifinals and the finals, he said.

Zakazaka said that association has put in place strategies to ensure tight security in the remaining matches to avoid the repeat of fracas in the FISD Cup quarter final match between Wanderers and Masters Security.

He added that there would be no advanced ticket selling.

Silver Strikers Vice General Secretary, Innocent Kadam’manja described the fixture as tricky and entertaining adding the Bankers hope’s and plans for the 2018 FISD Cup Competition was to bring the Cup into their Area 47 cabinet.

People should expect fireworks because we are not going into the match as tourists; we want to give something to our supporters to smile about at the end of this season. This will also come as a Christmas present to our supporters, he pointed out.

Bullets Team Manager James Chilapondwa said it has been difficult to work on the player’s psychology after the CAF Champions League defeat to Gor Mahia of Kenya.

It’s difficult to motivate them but it’s better to have another game within a period of three days so that they should recover from that. If we stay for a long time, depression will set in as such this game has come at the right time, he explained.

During the ceremony, FISD Limited Company handed over a set of 30 pieces of kits to each of the four teams and every registered player for the teams will have his own kit.

Charges for both games are K1, 500 for the open stands, VIP is K5, 000 and corporate box is pegged at K 8,000.

The FISD Cup, which is the richest Cup on the land with the winner getting K16 million, was first introduced in 2016 and Wanderers were the first champions of the Cup after beating Kamuzu Barracks on post-match penalties.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA