Unless something miraculous happens, Big Bullets are set to face Silver Strikers again soon, this time in the K60 million (about $240 000) Presidential Cup.
Barely, three days after the Bankers thumped the Peopleâ€™s Team 4-0 in a TNM Super League opening encounter, the two teams were drawn in the same path of the presidential showcase.
The draw was held at FAMâ€™s Chiwembe Technical Centre on Tuesday.
Silver have been drawn against minnows Complex Madrid of Zomba in the first round whereas the Bullets will face an equally small side Ngâ€™onga FC from Rumphi and the winners will meet in the second round.
However, Bullets acting general secretary Higger Mkandawire put on a brave face and described the draw as fair.
Said Mkandawire: “Once beaten twice shy. Should we both qualify for the second round, then it will be payback time for Silver.
“They are not capable of beating us back-to-back. Weâ€™ll be well prepared for them.”
On the other hand, Silverâ€™s outspoken executive committee member Dennis Kachikho appeared to be on cloud nine.
“We could not have asked for a better draw than this. We are likely to face Bullets again and that suits us fine,” Kachikho said.
Defending champions Mighty Wanderers, who have won the cup twice in the past three editions, will face TNM Super League newcomers Bvumbwe Research.
Coincidentally, the patron of Bvumbwe Research is former Nomads boss James Chuma. He admitted that the draw had put him between a rock and a hard place.
Blue Eagles, who have risen to become cup specialists, were drawn against winners between Hardknockers and Kapiri.
FAM chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda said they would like the competition to be played within the next two months.
The associationâ€™s competitions manager Casper Jangale said the dates and venues will be determined after liaising with the Super League of Malawi (Sulom).
He also said the prize money for the winning team remains K10 million (about $40 000) so too the losing finalists who will still get K5 million.
“But the losing semi-finalists will get K500 000 (about $1 000) each while the losing quarter-finalists will pocket K250 000 (about $1 000) each,” added Jangale.