LEOPARD SPOIL MAMBA’S PARTY
Royal Leopard ..............................(0)1 Green Mamba ..............................(0)0
It wasn’t a happy crowning for MTN league first round champions Green Mamba as Royal Leopard spoilt the party after beating them by a solitary goal.
It just took a second half strike from Fanelo Tsabedze for the police side to win the security forces derby played at the Mavuso Sports Centre yesterday.
The injury prone Tsabedze scored the elusive goal eight minutes before fulltime after a string of misfiring by the t wo s i des . The f or mer Mbabane Highlanders player calmly controlled a Muzi 'Mzoro' Dlamini pass before beating the opposition goalkeeper Thokozani Mkhulisi hands down with a rasping ground shot. The victory has brought the 2016/17 champions back into the title chasing pack as they are now six points behind log leaders Green Mamba with 24 points. Despite the result, Green Mamba were presented with their E350 000 cheque for their feat in the first round in which they finished on 30 points after 13 games played. The loss also proved to be a stab in the heart for Green Mamba as they missed a number of glittering first half chances with the main culprit being top goalscorer Musa Dlamini. The pint-sized striker was denied on a one on one by Leopard goal-minder Phephisani Msibi after beating the flat footed Leopard defence in the 20th minute. The former Mbabane Swallows front man should have taken his tally to 10 goals five minutes before halftime when he fired outside the box Phephisani, Mlamuli, Sikhumbuzo, Machawe, Lucky, Sifiso, Muzi, Bongani, Bonginkhosi (Zweli), Fanelo, Matse (Melusi).
Mkhulisi,Thabo,Thabiso, Sanele, Bane le ,Khe tho ,Sormese t (Mdluli),Oladele (Mxolisi), Mthunzi (Linda), Njabulo, Musa. with only the keeper to beat.
The two coaches; Edwin Matsebula and Caleb Ngwenya made some couple of changes during the second half which, however, didn’t do much for the Correctional Services side as Leopard walked away with maximum points.
Green Mamba's Thabiso Gumbi grabs play Royal Leopard's Muzi Dlamini during the MTN Premier League match at Mavuso Sports Centre yesterday. Leopard won 1-0.