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Malawi Defence Force (MDF) teams cannot be reached on their Airtel lines as they all crashed out of the Airtel Top 8 Cup after a dismal campaign.

Three soldiers’ teams— Moyale, Kamuzu Barracks and Mafco— missed out on semifinal slots after failing to find the back of the net in both their home and away quarterfinal matches.

This means the competition’s last-four stage will involve one police side and three civilian teams.

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MDF sides’ poor campaign in the second edition of the competition was summed up on Saturday as Mafco crashed out of the tournament when they lost 1-0 on aggregate to Blue Eagles.

The Saturday match at Chitowe in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota District, ended in a barren draw.

Moyale Barracks were shown the exit from the tournament by Nyasa Big Bullets, who won on a 1-0 aggregate scoreline, whereas Kamuzu Barracks followed suit with a 2-0 aggregate loss to Be Forward Wanderers.

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The cup has, since its inauguration last year, proved that MDF teams are good at missing their calls when in the final third.

It was a similar story on Saturday as Mafco squandered numerous scoring opportunities with Ranken Mwale, Martin Masoatheka and Emmanuel Chipeta emerging as the main culprits.

Mwale missed the best chances of the game but he broke the hearts of Mafco fans when he shot wide with Eagles goalkeeper, John Soko, already beaten.

Mafco assistant Coach, Tione Tembo, was left ruing the missed chances.

“We had the chances to bury the game in the first half. We could have scored two or three goals but we were shy in front of goal. I do not know what happened to the players,” Tembo said.

Some quarters have attributed the lack of goals in the tournament to great defending from all the teams whereas others point fingers at strikers for letting their teams down.

It remains to be seen if the goals will begin to flow in the semifinal stage.

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