BIRDS UN­DER-20 THROUGH TO SWAZ­IBANK CUP FI­NALS

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL SPORT - By Sibu­siso Masilela

Mba­bane Swal­lows ………… (0)0 Tam­buti …………………… ... (0)0 Swal­lows won 4-2

SOC­CER - MBA­BANE Swal­lows Un­der-20 have booked their place in the 2018 Swaz­iBank Cup fi­nal fol­low­ing their 4-2 vic­tory over Tam­buti FC.

The 2015 cham­pi­ons had to wait un­til the penalty shootouts to set a date with Young Buf­faloes in this year's edi­tion of the ju­nior knock­out edi­tion. The Lwazi Sime­lane-led side net­ted four of their shootouts which were con­verted by their goal­keeper Qin­iso Nyawo, Mthunzi Dlamini, Njab­ulo Mnisi and Mawaza Dlamini.

The agile shot-stop­per Qin­iso also saved the first kick of the op­po­si­tion, flicking out a shot by Tam­buti’s Colani Mat­sen­jwa.

The Lubombo based side fur­ther missed their last spot kick through Colani Mat­sen­jwa, who fired wide.

Tam­buti only net­ted two of their spot kicks through Mlungisi Gumedze and Solomon Shongwe.

Both teams could not of­fer any­thing much through­out the 90min­utes of gru­el­ing foot­ball.

The teams failed to cre­ate mean­ing­ful chances, forc­ing the con­test to be de­cided in the lot­tery shootout where Swal­lows emerged vic­to­ri­ous.

Swal­lows coach Lwazi Sime­lane said they were happy they were through to the fi­nals of the knock­out tour­na­ment.

“This was a tough match and I am pleased we were able to pro­ceed to the fi­nals. We could not play our nor­mal pass­ing game as the op­po­si­tion frus­trated us with their phys­i­cal ap­proach,” he said. Sime­lane fur­ther said they would now pre­pare for the fi­nals against Young Buf­faloes.

"We will prop­erly plan for Buf­faloes, who are also a strong side. We will con­tinue to work hard as we want to go all the way and win the ti­tle.”

Mean­while, his Tam­buti coun­ter­part Ish­mael Zwane said they played well de­spite the loss. "We tried our best as we ap­plied our­selves through­out the match but it was not to be.We were just un­lucky to lose in the penalty shootout,” he said.

CEL­E­BRA­TION: Mba­bane Swal­lows un­der-20 side are through to the fi­nals of the Swaz­iBank cup.

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