Steels vs Jazz in top of the ta­ble clash

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Sibu­siso Dlamini

– The old­est ri­valry in lo­cal bas­ket­ball will once again take cen­tre stage as cap­i­tal city gi­ants Mba­bane Jazz will take on Manzini Steels in game-4’s head­liner.

This is ac­cord­ing to this week’s round of games re­leased by the Swazi­land Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League (SNBL) of­fi­cer Man­disa ‘Cheese­boy’ Zwane. Brag­ging rights are not just only at stake, but also the top spot of the Elite Men’s League (EML) as both teams are on the same num­ber of points, but Steels cur­rently tri­umph the bat­tle on rea­son of su­pe­rior game dif­fer­ence. Both teams come into the match in high spir­its as Steels thrashed Knicks 101 – 47 last week to claim the top spot whilst Mba­bane Jazz also claimed 86 – 76 win against Mba­bane Rap­tors, mean­ing Rap­tors have lost each and ev­ery match of the sec­ond round. Steels now have Coach-player Andile Hlophe in the sec­ond round and the team looks to be charg­ing towards the play-offs in style. Jazz are also in fine form as the team’s new sign­ings such as the likes of Sa­belo ‘Sabza’ Sime­lane and Man­disa Zwane have gelled into the team and the Si­fiso Sibandze led-side looks bet­ter than ever. Tip-off is 4pm to­mor­row at the Mavuso Sports Em­po­rium. The games will be­gin to­day at the very venue with the most in­ter­est­ing match be­ing the Men’s Pro­mo­tional league (MPL) top of the ta­ble clash which will see Manzini Raiders tak­ing on Lan­galam Dunky­laine. Both teams were pro­moted to­gether to the EML and were also rel­e­gated to­gether, so their ri­valry is also quite a fas­ci­nat­ing clash. Tipoff is 1pm. Other matches on the day will see Lady Jazz tak­ing on Lynx Bas­ket­ball and RSSC tri­dents fac­ing-off against Im­bumbe.

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