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Player exodus hits Mafco FC

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Mafco FC Coach, Temwa Msuku, has attributed the team’s poor start to the season to lack of right players in some positions.

Mafco have suffered three back-to-back losses.

The Salima team started the TNM Super League with a 1-0 win over Civil Sporting Club before crashing out of the Airtel Top 8 Cup with a 6-2 aggregate loss to fellow soldiers, Moyale Barracks.

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On Sunday, Mafco lost 3-0 to Mzuni at Mzuzu Stadium in a Super League match that exposed the visitors’ defensive weaknesses.

“We are missing the right players in most positions as we are only improvising. We have lost several players who are on a peacekeeping mission in the DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo], so this has also affected us,” Msuku said.

Mafco are without regulars Paul Ndhlovu, Vitumbiko Phiri, Chifundo Phimba and Patrick Masanjala who are in the DRC.

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Another contingent of key players also left for a similar assignment last year.

Mafco are also hunting for a replacement of marksman Richard Mbulu who, early this year, joined Mozambican side Club Costa do Sol.

Msuku said he was working on the team’s shortfalls and promised to return to winning ways.

The coach, however, hoping for the return this month of the initial contingent of players from the DRC.

“We cannot wait for their return because it will be a blessing for our side. I know that it will also take time for them to make an impact but their return will be great news,” Msuku said.

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