Sunday Observer - - SPORT - BY QONDILE NTIWANE

(In Le­sotho, cour- tesy of Ned­bank Swazi­land)

SOC­CER - Mba­bane Swal­lows are ready for their CAF pre­lim­i­nary round first leg tie against Bantu FC.

The ‘Beau­ti­ful Birds’ ar­rived in Le­sotho on Fri­day morn­ing and will take on the home side in the CAF match this af­ter­noon at 3pm.

In­ter­viewed af­ter their last train­ing ses­sion held at the Set­soto Sta­dium yes­ter­day, the team’s coach Thabo ‘Koki’ Vi­lakati said they were now pre­pared for the game and would be all out for a win away from home.

“We have had a good stay here since we ar­rived on Fri­day morn­ing. We have trained hard in prepa­ra­tion for the game and all fo­cus is on it now. It will not be an easy match but we are ready for the op­po­si­tion now,” he said.

The coach said play­ing away was never easy.

“We are well aware that we will be play­ing un­der hos­tile con­di­tions but we are used to that and will give the game our best. The play­ers are ready for the match and the good thing is that they know ex­actly what is ex­pected of them.”

The coach noted that there were for­tu­nate not to get in­juries ahead of the game.


“We are at full strength and all my play­ers are fo­cused on this day. It is a good thing go­ing into this match with an in­jury-free squad.”

He said they would try by all means not to dis­ap­point the Swazi na­tion and win this game.

“We are rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try here and we just want to make the na­tion happy and come back with vic­tory.”

Mean­while, the team cap­tain Tony ‘TT’ Ts­abedze said they were all geared up for the game as the spirit was high in the camp.

“Yes the team we are play­ing against is not an open book but we are de­ter- mined to win. Our ob­jec­tive is to go to the sec­ond leg on a com­fort­able level hence we need to win or at least get a draw,” he said.

‘TT’ said as play­ers they were ready for the match.

“We will be ready for any­thing and we prom­ise to give it our all in­side the field of play and go back home with a win,” he said.

The lo­cal gi­ants will take on the Le­sotho out­fit at the Set­soto Sta­dium this af­ter­noon. Kick off time for the clash is 4pm and the sec­ond leg will be at Somhlolo na­tional Sta­dium on Fe­bru­ary 20.

Mba­bane Swal­lows Coach Thabo ‘Koki’ Vi­lakati.

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