Two years after its takeover, Carlsberg Malawi has officially changed its name to Castel Malawi Limited.
The name change comes after the French Company Castel took majority shares in the Dutch franchise.
Carlsberg Malawi has been in operation in the country since the late 60s after first President Kamuzu banda embarked on an industrialisation move.
According to Company Secretary Chipiliro Kauka the change is effective 24th October, but has assured that all operation of the Brewery Group remains constant.
Companies such as Malawi Distilleries, Southern Bottlers Limited and Castel Malawi Brewery Limited then Carlsberg Malawi Brewery remain the subsidiaries of the group.
Meanwhile it is yet to be seen when the branding of their products on the market will start wearing the new face under the new name.
Castel Malawi Limited is a beverages only company comprising of five soft drink bottling plants, a distillery and a brewery.
Celebrations are continuing in the Nyasa Big Bullets camp following their winning of the Carlsberg Cup on Saturday.
They beat archrivals Be-Forward Wanderers on Post-match penalties in a final match played at the Bingu National Stadium in the capital city Lilongwe.
Millions of football enthusiasts tuned in on radio and television to watch the much anticipated match between malawi’s football giants.
The first goal came from the Nomads’ Jafali Chande 22 minutes into the game, before Muhammad Sulumba equalised for the Bullets in the 32nd minute.
Isaac Kaliati put the Nomads back in the lead before Nelson Kangunje equalised in the 75th minute from the penalty spot to make it 2-all.
After 90 minutes with both teams head to head, the match had to be decided through penalties where Wanderers’ Chester missed his spot kick.
This left leaving Kangunje with the opportunity to score the winning penalty to hand Bullets the trophy for the third time, matching their rivals who were the defending champions before the defeat.
This was the fourth time the rivals were meeting in the Carlsberg Cup final since its inception in 2000
“I’m happy we managed to lift the cup and this is a clear indication that we are on top of Wanderers this season in terms of derby wins,” a Bullets die hard remarked after the game.
A Nomad fan Isaac Nyirenda simply said,”We are not good at penalties during cup final. Look second cup final defeat in a season and this is painful to us.
The Bullets have taken home K12 Million in prize money and a trophy.
Carlsberg Cup defending champions Be Forward Wanderers on Wednesday breathed a sigh of relief when they overcame lower league side Fish Eagles’ strong resistance to sail through into the last 16.
The Nomads scraped through 6-5 after post-match penalties against the Mzuzu-based aside at Balaka Stadium after playing out a 1-all draw in regulation time.
The Nomads took the lead in the 21st minute through Harry Nyirenda but Eagles equalised 10 minutes to recess through Brian Phiri.
But the sky fell on the minnows when Gift Nyondo missed a decisive penalty and up stepped Nomads’ Yamikani Chester to provide the final flourish.
At Chilomoni Stadim in Blantyre, lower league side Michiru Madrid caused an upset when they sent Super League side Masters Security packing from the competition with a 1-0 victory via Wachimwa Sadiki’s strike.
At Mulanje Park, PremierBet Wizards bowed out on post-match penalties 3-1 after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.
Blessings Phiri put Wizards ahead before McPeter Makwale levelled the scores to send the match into the dreaded penalty shoot-out.
In other matches, Blue Eagles had a stroll in the park when they thumped Ekwendeni Hammers 6-0.
Captain Micium Mhone led by example when he claimed a hat-trick. John Malidadi Jnr scored a brace while Maxwell Salambula scored the other.
Mafco FC beat Chitedze 2-0 with goals from Calisto Kalinda andChikondi Maloya. .
Carlsberg Cup defending champions, BE Forward Wanderers have on 18 July begun their run to return Malawi’s FA championship when they face lower league side, Fish Eagles at the Balaka stadium in Balaka district.
The Wanderers who double as leaders of the TNM Super League go into the home match as strong favourites having been beaten only once since the top tier kicked off in May.
Their Blantyre city rivals, Premier Bet Wizards will face Zomba’s Red Lions in a home match to be played at the Mulanje stadium in Mulanje district.
Another elite side, Blue Eagles will host Ekwendeni Hammers at the Nankhaka stadium in Lilongwe.
Michiru Madrid will be at home against Super League rookies, Masters Security at the Chilomoni stadium in Blantyre.
Salima’s MAFCO will travel to Nkhotakota where they will host Lilongwe’s Chitedze Strikers at the Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa.
The 2017 Carlsberg Cup round of 32 will continue on 20 July when TNM Super league returnees host Rumphi Medicals at Chilomoni stadium. On 22 July, TN Stars will be at home against Zomba’s Prison Stars at Nankhaka.
2017 CALRSBERG CUP ROUND OF 32 FIXTURES
Wednesday, 19 July
MAFCO FC vs. Chitedze Strikers | Venue: Chitowe Stadium
BE Forward Wanderers vs. Fish Eagles | Venue: Balaka Stadium
Blue Eagles vs. Ekwendeni Hammers | Venue: Nankhaka Stadium
Michiru Madrid vs. Masters Security FC |Venue: Chilomoni Stadium
Premier Bet Wizards FC vs. Red Lions | Venue: Mulanje Stadium
Thursday, 20 July
Blantyre United FC vs. Rumphi Medicals | Venue: Chilomoni Stadium
Saturday, 22 July
TN Stars vs. Prison United | Venue: Nankhaka Stadium
Kick of time at all venues is 14:30 CAT
Silver Strikers booked their place in the last 16 of the Carlsberg Cup with a 3-1 win over Polytechnic at the Chilomoni Stadium.
The victory did not come on a Silver platter as the bankers had to sweat to break Polytechnic’s resilience in the early minutes.
In fact the bankers should thank the University holiday as most of Poly players looked rusty and lacking match fitness after staying away for so long and only regrouped two days ago to honor the fixture.
The opening half hour was balanced with Poly giving their fans hope that they were in to pull a shocker.
But their resistance was broken in the 33rd minute when Silver Strikers won a penalty which captain Blessing Tembo converted.
The bankers doubled their lead on the dot of half time as Mike Roberts caught Poly goalkeeper Hassan Kazembe off guard to score from almost 35 yards.
In the 68th minute man of the match Thuso Paipi dribbled past a forest of Poly defenders and his goal bound shot was helped into the net by Poly defender Vincent Kingston.
Poly got one back eight minutes later later as the bankers miserably failed to clear a harmless ball in the box resulting in a goal scramble and Davie Maluwa was at the right place at the right time to slot in a loose ball for what became Poly’s consolation goal.
In the other match in Mzuzu, lower league side Nchalo United looked on course to produce a second shocker of the round of 32 as they dominated Super League side Chitipa United.
Nchalo led for the better part of the match through a goal by Tony Bias only for Khumbo Nga’mbi to equalise for Chitipa, who went on to triumph 3-2 on penalties.
Nchalo’s Evance Napolo, Herbart Biasi and Felix Kamwendo had their penalty saved by Chitipa United goalkeeper Lloyd Munthali while Masa Gome and Mada Chiume converted their spotkicks.
Abel Mwakilama, Edward Chilalika and Mwango Phiri netted their penalties for Chitipa while Khumbo Banda was denied by a cross-bar.
Matches Played: 48
Goals scored: 143
Biggest victory: Nchalo United 6 Mighty Ivory 0 (Southern Region)
Michiru Madrid 6 Jali Rangers 0 (Southern Region)
Most goals in a game: 6 – Nchalo United 6 Mighty Ivory 0 (Southern Region)
Michiru Madrid 6 Jali Rangers 0 (Southern Region)
Kasungu Police 4 Airborne 2 (Central Region)