By Edwin Mbewe
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-A group of determined farmers from Kasungu has embarked on a journey to the bustling commercial city of Blantyre, seeking a business loan from FDH Bank with the influential figure, Dr. Thomson Mpinganjira, at the helm.
The team, known as Santhe ADMARC Football Club, initiated the loan application process several weeks ago.
Their determination and hard work paid off as they emerged victorious in matches against Support Battalion FC, Mighty Tigers FC, and Kamuzu Barracks FC.
Today, they face a formidable challenge in Mighty Mukuru Wanderers FC, a team significantly supported by the Club’s President, Thompson Mpinganjira, who also holds the position of FDH Bank owner.
This encounter is part of their quest to secure a spot in the semifinals of the 2023 FDH Bank Cup edition.
The question looms: Will Mpinganjira favor the Kasungu-based side over his own team, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers FC, and grant them the sought-after loan? The answer will unveil itself to the world after the regulation time plus added minutes at Kamuzu Stadium.
Boosted by a K7.5 million grant from Minister
of Land, Simplex Chithyola, the Santhe ADMARC FC players are ready to take on the challenge. Alick Zulu, the coach of Santhe ADMARC FC, emphasized their serious intent, stating that they are not in the Commercial City for a mere tour but for serious business.
Zulu expressed confidence in his team’s ability to compete, highlighting their previous victories over Mighty Tigers and Kamuzu Barracks FC.
He asserted, “We will show them that our previous wins were not coincidental. Santhe ADMARC is poised to surprise once again. This victory will be a tribute to our Member of Parliament, Simplex Chithyola, who has been a tremendous support to us ahead of this match.
“Undeterred by the reputation of their opponents, Zulu confidently stated, “They may have names, but we fear no names on the football field. Skill and teamwork prevail.”
Meanwhile, Mark Harrison, head coach of Mighty Mukuru Wanderers FC, cautioned his players against underestimating their opponents.
He acknowledged the familiarity of their opponent’s playing style from a previous encounter and emphasized the need for a positive mental approach and vigilance to ensure success.
Reflecting on their path to the quarterfinals, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers FC overcame Zingwangwa United FC with a convincing 4-1 victory.
Their triumph earned them the opportunity to face Santhe ADMARC FC.
Santhe ADMARC FC is currently participating in the Central Region Football Association’s MK16.5 million Chipiku Stores Premier League for the first time this season.
Despite challenges, they are determined to make their mark.
Their current position at the bottom of the Group B table, with 9 points from 10 games (2 wins, 3 draws, and 5 losses), reflects their determination to grow in this competitive arena.
Drawing inspiration from a fellow Chipiku Premier Division league contender, Extreme FC, who reached the semifinals in the 2022 edition, Santhe ADMARC FC aims to replicate their success.
As for Mighty Mukuru Wanderers FC, they stand at a respectable fourth position in the TNM Super League, boasting 29 points from 16 games.
The winner of the clash between Wanderers and Santhe ADMARC FC will advance to the semifinals to face MAFCO FC on 3rd September.
The other semifinal match will feature FCB Nyasa Big Bullets FC against Dedza Dynamos FC on 2nd September at Kamuzu Stadium.