Blue Eagles will not defend their Airtel Top 8 cup after missing out on top eight finish following a 2-1 defeat away to Karonga United on Saturday.
The Area 30 based side needed a win in order to guarantee themselves a place in the top eight but failure to collect all the points over Karonga United mean they have finished the 2018 TNM Super League season on 10th position with 35 points.
This means that the Cops won’t be able to take part in the next season’s Airtel Top 8 cup, a competition they won in the 2018 season.
Azam Tigers have also missed the opportunity to finish inside the top eight for the second time in a row after a disastrous season in which they finished just two points above the relegation zone.
The Kanjedza based side outfit completed their season a week ago by finishing on 9th position with 35 points.
Just like last season, the Kau Kau boys started very well by winning their opening games but they failed to keep up the pace as they registered defeats at their own backyard.
There is a possibility that Moyale Barracks and Karonga United might both play in the top eight cup next season if Moyale beat Nchalo United on Sunday and TN Stars lose their final match against Be Forward Wanderers FC.
With the title already won by Nyasa Big Bullets on Saturday, the focus will now be on top eight finish, with Mzuni FC and Kamuzu Barracks likely to drop out of the top eight if Moyale Barracks and TN Stars record victories in their final games.
Red Lions, MAFCO FC and Nchalo United have been relegated to the Premier Divisions of the Chipiku Central Region Football League, Chitetezo Mbaula Southern Region Football League and Simso Northern Region Football League.
Mlantho Mponela and Chitipa United have already been promoted to the top flight league, with SRFA yet to produce their champion.