All roads lead to Civo Stadium in Malawi captial city Lilongwe on Saturday as the soccer fraternity braces up for the historical Presidential Cup final between Big Bullets and Moyale Barracks at this afternoon.
There is a lot at stake for both the rejuvenated Bullets and battle-scarred Moyale as they gear up to make history in the country's prestigious cup.Both Bullets and Moyale have never reached the final of the cup and the opportunity has availed itself for them to carve a niche in the competition's history.
The people's team, as Bullets are fondly known by their fans, have a chance to mend their battered image which has seen them losing their status as the country's football powerhouse due to fi-nancial constraints which threatened their survival in the past seven years.
With a well-blended team comprising experienced players in the cast of Heston Munthali, Fundi Akidu, Chikumbutso Kanyenda, James Chilapondwa, Grant Lungu and captain Fisher Kondowe and the future generation led by sensational teenager Gabadinho Mhango and Samson Chonde, Bullets have a team full of promise to deliver the goods.
They have also been boosted by a full fit squad with all their players available for selection.But this has not made them complacent as they are fully aware that cup games are unpredictable.
Bullets coach Eddington Ng'onamo is cautious of the game as well."This is not a league game and I know that they will come flat out because a lot is at stake," Ng'onamo said.
He appealed to the players to dig deeper into their reserves to win the game and pocket a fat cheque of K5 million which has been dangled for them to share.
"I am sure they will fight hard because they have to win the cup itself," he said.
The Lions of Kaning'ina will also be armed to the teeth to win their first-ever Presidential Cup.
Having been promised to participate at an international army festival should they win, Moyale know better the double impact the victory would have on their lives.
Moyale coach Nicholas Mhango said his troop would be gunning for the ultimate prize.
"We cannot just celebrate that we reached the Presidential Cup final because what we need is to win the cup," Mhango said.
Team manager Kazizwa Banda also said the promise by Malawi Defence Force that a win will see Moyale participate at an international army festival raised the spirits of the players to beat Bullets.
"When the team wins there are so many benefits for the players. The morale here is very high," he said.
He warned Bullets not to undermine them basing on the TNM Super League performance that has seen them stuck at the bottom of the log table.
"We are not afraid of Bullets. Yes, they have their star performers like Gabadinho but we are ready for them," he said.
Moyale have also a common ground with Bullets as they have a combination of up-and-coming players such as Timothy Nyirenda, Chrispin Fukizi while Victor Phiri, Lameck Thindwa have been seasoned campaigners for the military outfit.
Gastin Simmkonda has been tipped to make his return to the side having been sidelined for six months as he underwent military training in Salima.