WOUNDED MAMBA FACE MALANTI CHIEFS

Sunday Observer - - SPORT - BY SIBU­SISO MASILELA

Green Mamba vs Malanti Chiefs) (1.30pm, Somhlolo Na­tional Sta­dium)

SOC­CER – Wounded cur­rent MTN Premier League log lead­ers Green Mamba will be look­ing to bounce back to win­ning ways from their mid­week bub­bles at the ex­pense of the in­con­sis­tent Malanti Chiefs this af­ter­noon at t he S omhlolo Nati onal Sta­dium.

The Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices side, who are cur­rently sit­ting tops with 24 points, will be aim­ing to re­dis­cover their for­mula against the Pigg’s Peak based side fol­low­ing their mid­week loss to Mba­bane High­landers. ‘Inyoka Eluh­lazana’ had pre­vi­ously en­joyed a rich vein of form in the league where they had recorded seven straight vic­to­ries un­til they were put to the sword on Wed­nes­day night at the Mavuso Sports Cen­tre. The stage is set for Caleb Ng­wenya and charges to prove their crit­ics wrong and grind pos­i­tive re­sults.

The Sih­langu as­sis­tant coach, Ng­wenya is blessed with plenty tal­ent in his tal­ent which com­prises of Mthunzi ‘Xavi’ Mkhontfo, Mx­olisi Mkhontfo and Musa Dlamini, who has been en­joy­ing good scor­ing form in the new sea­son. The match is not go­ing to be a stroll in the park for Ng­wenya and his charges as they have to deal with a tricky op­po­si­tion in Malanti Chiefs. The Pigg’s Peak based side is also blessed with some ca­pa­ble in­di­vid­u­als in their camp in the likes of Siyabonga Nkam­bule, Thokozani Dlamini and the Malaw­ian im­port Bin­well Kat­inji. Kat­inji is cer­tainly go­ing to be the dan­ger man for ‘Bafana be­m­boyi’ due to his im­pres­sive scor­ing record which saw him score four league goals for his side this sea­son. Malanti have lost their gi­ant killing tag which pre­vi­ously saw them gun gi­ants and they have the op­por­tu­nity to dif­fuse the Mamba poi­son in or­der to re­deem their im­age.

GREEN MAMBA

Head coach: Caleb Ng­wenya Cap­tain: Banele ‘Makonose’ Dlamini Key play­ers: Sanele Chauke, Mthunzi Mkhontfo, Njab­ulo Tfwala One to watch: Musa Dlamini.

MALANTI CHIEFS

Head coach: Ray­mond Dlamini Cap­tain: Siyabonga Nkam­bule Key play­ers: Lin­dokuhle Fakudze , In­no­cent Jere, Thokozani Dlamini One to watch: Bin­well Kat­inji.

Mthunzi Mkhontfo.

Siyabonga Nkam­bule.

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