GREEN MAMBA E350 000 RICHER

Sunday Observer - - SPORT - BY SIBU­SISO MASILELA OCCER

- Green Mamba are the win­ners of the 2018/19 MTN Pre­mier League first round, and have claimed the E350 000 in­cen­tive.

The Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices side se­cured the dan­gling car­rot in em­phatic style, beat­ing Tam­buti 3- 0 at the Somhlolo Na­tional Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

‘Ínyoka Eluh­lazana,’ as the team is af­fec­tion­ately known, are still oc­cu­py­ing the top spot with 30 points, and are five points clear off sec­ond- placed Mba­bane High­landers. ‘Lan­ders will now have to focus on the cov­eted tro­phy as the green and white en­sem-

Sble has al­ready snatched the first round in­cen­tive un­der their sleeves.

The hosts showed class from the open­ing min­utes when they took the lead with only four min­utes into ac­tion through a well taken Mthunzi ‘Xavi’ Mkhontfo strike, who fin­ished off an as­sist by Njab­ulo Tfwala.

Tam­buti tried to re­tal­i­ate from the op­po­si­tion opener in the 13th minute through a Mcon­disi Khumalo close range header which was col­lected by Thokozani Mkhulisi in the op­po­si­tion goal. The vet­eran Mkhulisi proved to be at his best as he pulled a save be­fore the half hour mark af­ter tip­ping off a Gabriel Goshen rasp­ing free kick for a fruit­less cor­ner-spot. Green Mamba's clin­i­cal strik­ing force con­tin­ued to tor­ment the vis­i­tors dur­ing the sec­ond stanza as on form striker Musa Dlamini net­ted his 10th goal of the sea­son. The pint-sized striker com­bined well with Mthunzi Mkhontfo to make it 2-0 with only 10 min­utes into the sec­ond stan- za.

Mid­fielder Mx­olisi Mkhontfo then ended the con­test in the 67th minute, af­ter be­ing gifted an early Christ­mas present by Tam­buti keeper Mla­muli Makhanya.

The lanky goal­keeper cleared the ball on the path of the Sih­langu an­chor­man who made no mis­take to wrap up the match by 3-0.

The teams

Green Mamba

Mkhulisi, Sanele (Thabo), Gumbi, Sanele Khumalo,Banele, Khetho, Sorme­set (Oladele), Mx­olisi, Mthunzi, Njab­ulo, Musa.

Mla­muli, Siyabonga, Siboniso, Thobani,Sebenele, Ugo, Zwakele, Siqiniseko, Mcon­disi ( Neliso), Goshen, Roy.

Tam­buti cap­tain Zwakele Dlamini con­trol­lling the ball in front of Njab­ulo Tfwala.

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