South Africa-based Malawian stars Khuda Muyaba, Denis Chembezi and Mike Mkwate have missed out on Nedbank Cup glory after their National First Division side Polokwane City went down 4-0 to Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
The round-of-16 result saw defending champions Sundowns securing a quarter final slot in the match played at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Polokwane handed Muyaba a start in the match while Chembezi was thrown into action in the 31st minute.
New signing Mkwate was not available for selection as he is still waiting for a work permit after joining from Nyasa Big Bullets last month.
Muyaba missed several chances in the match and was replaced by Sifiso Mokiti in the 73rd minute.
Chembezi said it was disappointing to lose with such a big margin.
“Our focus has now moved to fighting for a return to the PSL. We conceded three quick goals and this was a big mistake as we were playing a side full of talented and experienced players. But that is part of the game. We are out of the cup and life goes on,” Chembezi said.
Sundowns scored through Peter Shalulile, Lebohang Maboe, Lesedi Kapinga and Andile Jali in the opening half hour as the Brazilians booked a quarterfinal showdown with Orlando Pirates.
This means that Gabadinho Mhango is the only Malawian remaining in the Nedbank Cup.
Meanwhile, Flames vice-captain Gerald Phiri Junior and his compatriot Richard Mbulu also had a day to forget as their Baroka FC suffered a 3-1 defeat in the DStv Premiership at the hands of Stellenbosch on the same day.
Phiri was on the bench while Mbulu came in as a second-half substitute.