The Super League big three, FCB Nyasa Big Bullets, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Silver Strikers have avoided each other in the FDH Bank Rounds of 32 and 16 following a draw conducted at the Mpira Village in Blantyre on Thursday Morning
The draw brought together 16 teams from the Super League and 16 teams from the three Regional Premier Divisions with the top eight Super League teams as at the end of the 2022 season seeded in the last 32.
Defending champions, Bullets, Strikers, and Wanderers have all been pitted against Southern Regional Premier Division sides.
Bullets will face Ndirande Stars whilst the Central Bankers will play Ntaja United with Wanderers traveling away to Mangochi to play Mpondas FC.
The giants have also avoided each other in the Round of 16 as the winner between Bullets and Ndirande Stars will face the winner between Balaka FC and Chilumba Barracks whilst the winner between Mpondasi FC and Wanderers will play host to Mayamiko Stars and Zingwangwa United, with the winner between Silver Strikers and Ntaja United traveling to the Northern Region to play either Moyale Barracks or Iponga.
However there will be three all-Super League affairs in the round of 32 as Blue Eagles have been paired against Red Lions, Karonga United vs Kamuzu Barracks while Chitipa United will face Dedza Dynamos.
Teams will battle for the ultimate prize of MK30 Million after the sponsors raised the package from MK25 Million.
Premier division teams who have qualified for the national phase will also get an incentive of MK700 000 and a set of a uniform for making it to the national level.
Last season, regional teams Extreme FC and FCB Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves defied all odds when they reached the semifinals and the final of the competition respectively.
Bullets Reserves lost 3-1 to their elder brothers Nyasa Big Bullets FC in the final at Kamuzu Stadium.
The Round of 32 kicks off on 17th June, 2023.
Below is the full draw:
Round of 32
- Leyman Pampers vs Civil Service United
- Karonga vs Kamuzu Barracks
- Moyale Barracks vs Iponga FC
- Silver Strikers vs Ntaja United
- Blue Eagles vs Red Lions
- FCB Nyasa Big Bullets vs Ndirande Stars
- Mpondasi FC vs Mighty Mukuru Wanderers
- Mafco FC vs Ekwendeni Hard Knockers
- Mbabzi United vs Ntopwa FC
- Extreme FC vs ST Gabriel Zitha
- Ekwaeni Tafika Academy vs Bangwe All Stars
- Chitipa United vs Dedza Dynamos
- Balaka FC vs Chilumba Barracks
- Santhe Admarc vs Mighty Tigers
- Airborne Rangers vs Ekwendeni Hammers
- Mayamiko Stars vs Zingwangwa United
Round of 16
- Chitipa United /Dedza Dynamos Vs Airborne Rangers/Ekwendeni Hammers
- FC/Ekwendeni Hard Nockers Vs Blue Eagles/Red Lions
- Santhe Admarc/ Mighty Tigers Vs Karonga United/Kamuzu Barracks
- Moyale Barracks/Iponga Vs Silver Strikers/Ntaja United
- Mpondas/ Mighty Mukuru Wanderers Vs Mayamiko Stars/Zingangwa United
- Balaka FC/Chilumba Barracks Vs FCB Nyasa Big Bullets/ Ndirande Stars
- Ekwaeni Tafika Football Academy/ Bangwe All Stars Vs Leyman Pampers/ Civil Service United
- Extreme FC/ST Gabriel Zitha Vs Mbabvi United/ Ntopwa FC