Lack of adequate venues following the closure of Civo Stadium has forced a Standard Bank Cup second leg quarter-final tie between Big Bullets and Epac to be played on Sunday.
Initially, all quarter-final games were to be played on the same day [Saturday] for fear of match-fixing, but since Civo has been closed, organisers have had no choice but to shift the match between Civo and Moyale Barracks to Silver Stadium and the Big Bullets fixture against Epac FC to be played on Sunday.
Silver Strikers are playing away at Nankhaka against Blue Eagles.
â€œAll suitable venues in Lilongwe are full; hence, the decision to shift the Bullets game to Sunday. But the agreement was that all the [Standard Bank] games should be played on Saturday and Super League games to be played on Sunday,â€ said Standard Cup organising committee vice-chairperson James Mwenda.
Epac will use Silver as home ground. Bullets, who use Kamuzu Stadium as home ground, were last week forced to play in Balaka following closure of Kamuzu Stadium.
Meanwhile, Bullets Central Region Supporters Committee has said it has mobilised its fans to give Epac an intimidating atmosphere.
â€œEpac have been a thorn to Bullets, so it is important that the supporters help the team to win by creating an intimidating atmosphere to prevent them from playing their usual game,â€ said Bullets vice-chairperson Austin Kasito who is also the regionâ€™s committee chairperson.
According to Kasito, a convoy of cars will drive to Dedza to welcome the team bus and escort it to Crown Lodge where the players will be accommodated.
Epac coach Abbas Makawa said they are banking on ganyu fans.
â€œWhenever, Bullets travel here we are assured of maximum support from ganyu fans, so we are not worried with their hordes of fans. They will be countered,â€ said Makawa.