RAMPAGING ‘ BUFFS’ JUMP TO TOP SPOT
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.