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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

They were in the limelight for all the right reasons after shocking the country’s football fraternity, having defeated powerhouses Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers to lift this year’s Carlsberg Cup but Masters Security are now on a different path.

Two consecutive sensational wins over the Blantyre giants and crowd-pullers were enough to convince doubting Thomases that Masters had arrived to change the country’s football landscape.

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But since winning the cup after beating Wanderers 5-4 on post-match penalties, Masters have failed to live up to the hype they created.

The same team that broke the hearts of TNM Super League leaders Bullets and league defending champions Wanderers has lost two consecutive games.

Just three days after their historic cup win, Masters were thumped 4-0 by Wanderers before losing 1-0 to Kamuzu Barracks in the Super League at Dedza Stadium on Sunday.

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But Coach Abasi Makawa attributed the team’s slump in form to inadequate preparations.

“We cannot blame the players for the losses; They [losses] are part of football. People may be thinking that the boys are underrating their opponents after winning the cup but that is not the case. They are giving out their best but things are not just working in our favour,’’ Makawa said.

Masters General Secretary, Zacharia Nyirenda, said there was no need to panic following the two losses.

“I will not tell you the reasons behind the two losses at the moment. The two losses also have nothing to do with the Carlsberg Cup victory. It is just that we have not been lucky,’’ Nyirenda said.

But football analyst Steward Mbolembole said it is possible that Masters’ players felt satisfied with their cup-winning exploits and have taken feet off the gas pedal.

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