LAN­DERS, WAN­DER­ERS IN TI­TANIC CLASH

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Sabelo Gwebu

M High­landers vs M Wan­der­ers Mavuso Sports Cen­tre, 4.15pm – Now, get ready for one of the big­gest fix­tures in the lo­cal foot­ball calendar. Never mind the form of the two sides cou­pled by tro­phy drought, a Mbabane High­landers ver­sus Manzini Wan­der­ers clash is al­ways mouth­wa­ter­ing. The two giants are com­ing from em­bar­rass­ing

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2-1 and 4-1 de­feats at the hands of Mo­neni Pi­rates and Manzini Sea Birds, re­spec­tively, last Sun­day but they will have to sort each other out this af­ter­noon. It is a tale of two cities in the lit­eral sense. While High­landers are sec­ond on the MTN log stand­ings, Wan­der­ers are dilly-dal­ly­ing with the rel­e­ga­tion chop, third from bot­tom with just 12 points from as many matches. Mavuso will be packed to the brim, surely.

HIGH­LANDERS

Saul Chaminuka Xolani ‘Chocco’ Sibandze Vusi Vi­lakati, Vusumuzi Zungu, Thabiso Mo­kenkoane Sabelo ‘Sawa’

Coach: Cap­tain: Key play­ers: Match win­ner:

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WAN­DER­ERS Coach: Cap­tain: Key play­ers:

Nyanga Hlophe Lwazi ‘Shana’ Maziya Mcebo Md­luli, Mike Dombo, Sicelo ‘Ju­nior’ Sime­lane Mfan’fik­ile ‘Fash’

Match win­ner:

Ndz­i­mandze. ly­ing at their low­est ebb, Mbabane Swal­lows re­turn to lo­cal foot­ball after a dis­as­trous To­tal CAF Cham­pi­ons League out­ing in the past week which saw the de­fend­ing MTN League cham­pi­ons re­ceive an em­bar­rass­ing 8-1 de­feat on ag­gre­gate at the hands of Tan­za­nia’s Simba Sports.

In-be­tween the back-to-back de­feats to Simba, Swal­lows were handed their third de­feat of the sea­son by Malanti Chiefs.

The Birds are fly­ing low and Tam­buti will surely be sali­vat­ing on the prospect of rub­bing salt to gash­ing wounds this af­ter­noon at the hot-as-fur­nace Mhlume.

In-house, things are up­side down

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