RAM­PAG­ING ‘ BUFFS’ JUMP TO TOP SPOT

Sunday Observer - - SPORT - BY SIBU­SISO MASILELA

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SOC­CER - Am­bi­tious Young Buf­faloes have jumped to the summit of the log fol­low­ing their 1- 0 win over Vovovo FC at the Somhlolo Na­tional Sta­dium yes­ter­day. The un­beaten army side is now sit­ting at the top of the log with 38 points, one point ahead of de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mba­bane Swal­lows who will be in ac­tion against Mat­sapha United to­day.

Buf­faloes had to dig deep into their re­serves to beat the stub­born rook­ies, thanks to a Phiwa Dlamini sec­ond half strike. Vovovo gave a brave per­for­mance against the much ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­si­tion, cre­at­ing a num­ber of chances. Buf­faloes had an up­per hand in the open­ing half and threw all sort’s of mis­siles to the op­po­si­tion.

The Dominic Kunene led troops were how­ever kept at bay by the brave goal­keep­ing from Vovovo goal-min­der Machawe Dlamini. The young Dlamini pulled dar­ing saves in the first half denying Ndoda Mt­set­fwa and Phiwa Dlamini.

The goal­keeper was forced into a fine save 17 min­utes into ac­tion where he swal­lowed a fine strike from Ndoda out­side the box. Vovovo seemed to have re­sorted to counter at­tack­ing ap­proach, a move that nearly paid div­i­dend in the 22nd minute when winger Phinda Nkonyane’s rocket shot in­side the box was de­nied by Buf­faloes goal­keeper Nh­lanhla Gwebu. Amath­ole Eziny­athi came with more en­ergy in the sec­ond stanza and fi­nally broke the dead­lock seven min­utes into restart.

The goal was a re­sult of good com­bi­na­tion play from Ndoda and the ever ma­tur­ing Sandile Gamedze. Dlamini con­trolled the ball out­side the six yards be­fore fir­ing into the far cor­ner to pro­voke wild cel­e­bra­tions from the over 400 army re­cruits that had cas­caded the Sta­dium.

Young Buf­faloes Phiwa Dlamini vy­ing for the ball while Vovovo's Mla­muli Msibi closes in.

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