Vice-President Saulos Chilima is expected to be among thousands of spectators of the potentially explosive Carlsberg Cup final between current holders Big Bullets and their age-old rivals Mighty Be Forward Wanderers at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Veep’s press officer Pilirani Phiri confirmed on Thursday that Chilima, who is a staunch Bullets fan, will watch the finale.
Supporters of the two teams have since set the hype of the match with flamboyant Nomads fan Yona Malunga declaring that the cup is headed for Lali Lubani Road.
“This is our turn, I have saved a little for fuel to enable me drive to Lilongwe. I am poor, but I am publicly promising Wanderers players that I will give them K100 000 if we win the cup on Saturday and I know they will do it.
“I am challenging anyone who is ready to bet that I will put up my mother’s house in Chinyonga Township as collateral,” said Malunga.
Bullets’ diehard known as ‘Chacharito’, who is a minibus tout at Ginnery Corner, said: “That we will win is not negotiable, the critical question is by how many goals. Manoma ndi akazi athu amene aja (Nomads are our punch bags),”
Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has said the decision to have Carlsberg Cup final entry tickets sold on the match day will not compromise security.
FAM executive member James Mwenda, who is also the competitions’ subcommittee chairperson, said despite the change, all the logistics pertaining to security are in place.
“We have done our homework and not even the logistical change in the sale of tickets will affect security.
“We have hired 300 police officers who will be assisted by stewards and members of supporters’ network and we have arranged that areas near the stadium should be cordoned-off and only those that will have tickets will be allowed within the stadium premises,” said Mwenda.
He also clarified that the tickets will not be necessarily sold at the gates but strategic points close to the stadium.
“There is no cause for worry because the tickets that have been produced are equal to the capacity of the stadium and once it is full, gates will close,” said Mwenda.
The organising committee was forced to bow down to the demand by the finalists to have the tickets sold on the match day for fear that some unscrupulous people would produce counterfeit tickets.