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Nomads, Masters regroup next week

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Be Forward Wanderers and Masters Security FC’s players have received a one-week break, before re-grouping ahead of the 2018 season.

Wanderers were booted out of Caf Champions League preliminary round on Wednesday, after losing 1-2 to AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a second-leg match played at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe.

Masters held Angola’s Atletico Petroloes de Luanda to a goal-less draw at the same venue on Tuesday to exit Caf Confederation Cup 5-0 on aggregate in the preliminary round.

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Wanderers lost 4-0 to Vita in the first-leg match played last week in Kinshasa in the DRC.

Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, said the team has benefitted technically from their participation in the continental showpiece.

“We expect to use the experience [gained from Caf Champions League] and strategise on making the team strong in the 2018 season. Meanwhile, we have a big task of defending the TNM Super League title.

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“Otherwise, we still harbour the idea of off-loading some players to cut costs. The performance of the team in Caf competition has given us a good platform for identifying players we need to keep and those we need to let go,” Mkandawire said.

On the other hand, Masters exited Caf Confederation Cup after losing 5-0 on aggregate to Angola’s Atletico Petroloes de Luanda.

Unlike Wanderers, Masters held Petroleos to a goalless draw at BNS on Tuesday in the second-leg.

Masters General Secretary, Zachariah Nyirenda, said the Abasi Makawa-led technical panel was working on strengthening the team.

“We will start training next Tuesday. Meanwhile, we are looking for three more players who can be added to the squad. Otherwise, we will release some players to create space for others,” Nyirenda said.

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