Standard Bank officials have urged Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and clubs to make the 10th anniversary of football sponsorship a violent-free one.
The bank is celebrating 10 years since the inception of the trophy.
“We have been sponsoring this tournament for nine years and we look forward to the 10th anniversary, we do not want acts of hooliganism or acts of violence to become a show-stopper as this would curtail our goal of assisting to develop the standard of football in the country,” said the bank’s head of information technology William Nuka during the ceremony marking the draw of the 2015 edition of the trophy.
FAM legal adviser Jabber Alide, who is also head of the Standard Bank trophy main organising committee, has since assured the bank of a violent-free tournament.
“We cannot overlook the fact that you have developed football in the country through this exciting tournament worth K46 million.
“I can assure you that on behalf of FAM president Walter Nyamilandu that this will be a violent-free tournament. Clubs need to make this tournament a success,” said Alide in response to Standard Bank call.
Meanwhile, Be Forward Wanders and Silver Strikers need to be at their best if they are to progress to the finals after being drawn against Mafco FC and Blue Eagles respectively.
Mafco have since vowed to eliminate Be Forward Wanderers in the preliminary stage as the two sides face each other on September 13.
The two sides were pitied against each other during the draw that took place at Standard Bank headquarters in Lilongwe on Wednesday evening.
Mafco vice-chairperson Peter Overton Ng’oma was unshaken after the draw was announced.
In other quarter-final matches, Moyale Barracks face Big Bullets.