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Azam Tigers remained positive of a better season despite being booted out of the Airtel Top 8 Cup.

Tigers exited the competition 3-1 on aggregate after losing 0-2 to Be Forward Wanderers at Balaka Stadium last week.

In the return leg of the quarter-final, Kau-Kau outfit could only manage a one-all draw at home Kalulu Stadium on Saturday.

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Tigers Technical Director, Robin Alufandika, said their performance at Kalulu Stadium gave them hope that they can mount a serious challenge in the remaining cups and the TNM Super League.

“We have lost some good players and I cannot dwell on those that have left the team but rather the ones that are with us. Our performance, especially in the second-half, was impressive. We were just unfortunate that we gave away a goal, otherwise we could have overturned the tables. From this performance, we are certain that we will do well both in the league and other competitions,” he said.

Wanderers Team Manager, Steve Madeira, said Nomads relaxed in the second-half and this gave room for Tigers to capitalise on.

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“Nevertheless, the most important thing was to progress and we did that. We are now looking forward to the semi-final draw and we will be prepared to face any team according to the draw,” he said.

At Kalulu Stadium, Wanderers went in front in the eighth minute through a Lucky Malata’s goal having headed in a Joseph Kamwendo’s corner-kick.

In the second-half, striker Peter Katsonga equalised for Tigers through a stunner that outstretched goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa failed to save.

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