Moyale Barracks have given up on the 2015 TNM Super League runner-up defence after dominating the position for the past two seasons.
Coach Nicholas Mhango conceded that the 2015 season has been tough for the Mzuzu-based Malawi Defence Force (MDF) side.
“The runner-up spot is no longer within our reach. Right now we are just targeting to finish in top six,” the coach said.
Mhango said they were now concentrating on rebuilding the team.
“Most of the players are up-and-coming. They have not played together for a long time. They need some time to jell,” Mhango said.
“But next season we will come out strong and compete for honours in the league and cup competitions.”
Moyale are on position nine with 28 points from 23 games.
They have won seven games, drawn the same and lost nine.
They have won four games, drew three times and lost four times in away matches and managed three wins, five losses and four draws at their home, Mzuzu Stadium.
Their losses include first and second-round defeats at the hands of city rivals Mzuni.
The Mzuzu-based soldiers remain with five games against Mighty Be Forward Wanderers, Azam Tigers, Epac, Civo United and Blue Eagles.
They lost 3-1 to league leaders Big Bullets and 2-1 against Mzuni, in their last two games.
With Moyale out of the picture, Mafco, who are second from Big Bullets, third-placed Silver Strikers, Blue Eagles and Kamuzu Barracks are in the fray for the runner-up spot. n