Times of Eswatini

Mamba out to reclaim top spot


MBABANE - Title contenders Green Mamba will be out to reclaim the top spot when they make a long trip to Tambankulu Callies at Tambankulu Stadium for a reschedule­d week 15 clash in the MTN Premier League this afternoon

This game was one of the fixtures which were cancelled due to the torrential rains experience­d in the country in the past weekend.

The cancellati­on of the game saw the Ernest Mavuso-led side surrenderi­ng the pole position, which they held for a week ahead of Young Buffaloes.


The latter defeated Denver Sundowns 2-1 in a game that saw Kwanele Dlamini being red carded after handling the ball inside the box.

The Correction­al Services side are unbeaten in the last five matches since their 2-1 defeat to Denver Sundowns in what was Coach Gcina Dlamini’s first game for Sundowns.

A Green Mamba side under the tutelage of Ernest Mavuso have since went on to win five consecutiv­e MTN Premier League matches in a row in the league, scoring 12 goals.

Inyoka Eluhlazane, as they are fondly known, are trailing the army side by two points.

If they win their game against BoBhejane this afternoon, they will shoot to the top spot again.

For Callies, it is another must-win fixture, in order to move out of the danger they currently find themselves in.


‘Ace’ needs to change the bad spell the team currently find itself in, sitting on position 12 out of 14 with 12 points.

They are just four points ahead of Tambuti FC and Mahlanya-based Seven Dreams, who are in the drop zone.

Callies’ last win was at the beginning of the year, in a game they won by a solidarity goal.

Since then they have failed to win games against Nsingizini Hotspurs and Royal Leopard, which they have played twice.

Callies come into this match having used effectivel­y the current transfer window, after signing seven players in a bid to help the club improve on the log standings.

Among the signings made by the club, one that will stand out, is Vusi Mavuso, who has been recalled from reigning MTN premier League champions


The Lubombo-based side will begin life after losing three quality players in Neliso Mnyeni who joined Nsingizini Hotspurs as well as Reagan Kungumbu and Muhle Mamba who were signed by Moneni Pirates.

The Correction­al Services outfit will be welcoming back experience­d players in Sanele Tshawuka and Thabo Mngometulu who will add the depth and give Coach Ernest Mavuso a headache going into today’s fixture with a Callies side that can cause an upset.

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(top L) Green Mamba’s Mxolisi Mkhonto (top R), Green Mamba’s Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa
(bottom L) Callie’s Mangaliso Nkambule (bottom R).
Pics) (File Njabulo Magagula (top L) Green Mamba’s Mxolisi Mkhonto (top R), Green Mamba’s Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa (bottom L) Callie’s Mangaliso Nkambule (bottom R).
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