The 2015 Carlsberg Cup, which is still to the tune of K30 million will kick-off on August 23 this year with fifteen Super League teams and thirty six Premier Division teams eligible to participate.
The revelation was made on Tuesday during a joint press briefing between Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and the sponsors Carlsberg Malawi.
FAM general secretary Sugzo Nyirenda said they were delighted to have Carlsberg Cup back this season and expect stiff competition from the participating teams.
Nyirenda also warned supporters and teams to avoid violence during match stressing they will punish hooligans who will be found guilty.
He also urged the officiating personnel’s to handle the games professionally by avoiding favoritism.
He however, was quick to ask the sponsors to consider hiking the cup in future since the country’s economy is not stable.
“I hope Carlsberg Malawi will set history in future by hiking the cup since we are living in a world where the economy is not stable,” said Nyirenda.
Carlsberg Malawi Senior Brands Manager Twikale Chirwa said, “ We are back with a renewed contract. As the sponsors of this cup we are very happy and hoping to have a competitive season.”
Chirwa said they were delighted last season to see under dogs like Zomba United progressing all the way to the finals, where they met Big Bullets.
He said they are expecting another underdog this season to reach the finals.
FAM Competitions manager Gomezgani Zakazaka said the competition will be played in two phases with all games to be played on knockout basis.
He said there will be no extra time or replays and insists games will go straight to penalties in case of draws.
Zakazaka said phase one of the cup will involve 36 teams from the three regional league’s premier division with each region registering 12 top from last season log tables.
For instance, in the Southern region number 2 to 12 plus Blantyre United, with central region from number 2 to 13, while in the northern region from number 2 to 12 plus Karonga United.
In first round all the 12 teams will go into a pot and draw six five fixtures to produce six winners for the second round.
In the second round, the six first round winners will go into a pot for a draw of three fixtures to produce three winners that will qualify for the national stage.
Zakazaka also said in phase two, the nine teams from the regional leagues with then join the 15 Super League teams for the national draw which will take place on Monday 9th June.
“Top eight teams from last season’s TNM Super League standings will be seeded for the national phase preliminary round,” said Zakazaka.
The top eight teams are Big Bullets, Moyale barracks, Mafco, Blue Eagles, Silver Strikers, Civo United, Azam Tigers and Red Lions.
He also said the remaining teams which include Mighty Be Forward Wanderers, Kamuzu Barracks, Epac FC, Airborne Rangers, Sure Stream, Dedza Young Soccer and Mzuni FC will join the nine regional league teams to make the national phase preliminary round of 16 which will be played between 30th June and 12th July 2015.
Zakazaka said the eight winning teams from that round will then join the seeded eight Super League teams for the national phase round of 16 to be played between 18th and 26th July 2015.
The quarter finals will be played between 1st and 2nd August with semifinals set for weekends between 15th to 23rd August.
The 2015 Carlsberg Cup then is expected to be wraped up on 29th August 2015.
The champion will carter home K9 million with the losing finalists going home with K4 million.
The semi-finalists will receive K500, 000.00 each while quarter finalists will be given K300, 000.00.
There are also individual prizes like the top goal scorer receiving K100, 000.00, with Man of the Match going away with K10, 000.00 each from the quarter finals.
Discovery of the tournament will be given K100, 000.00, while in the media category for the meantime only print and electronic have been considered leaving out on-line, television and photojournalists.
The best reporter in the print media will go away with K100, 000.00, as well as in the electronic media.
Big Bullets are the current cup holders after defeating Zomba United last season.