Capital city giants Mbabane Swallows have retained their Ingwenyama Cup trophy, beating army side Young Buffaloes by a solitary goal at the Somhlolo National Stadium on Sunday.
Played in front of a crowd of over 15000 soccer loving fanatics and in the presence of His Majesty King Mswati III, the Tony Tsabedze led charges ran riot from the onset with deadly striker Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa scoring the game’s lone goal in the 26thminute.
Buffaloes, who were also well prepared and ready for the party, took the game to Swallows equally as their opponents, and they were unfortunate not to level the score 20 minutes from time, when Swallows workaholic defender Papi Tshitshimbi cleared a Nhlanha Kunene shot that had clearly beat Swallows keeper Sandile Ginindza.
Swallows, who are on an impressive 25 game unbeaten run were crowned champions once again after winning it last year, and walked away with the first prize cheque of E1.2 million.
After presenting them with their trophy, His Majesty congratulated Swallows saying “Well done. You have done it again. It shows that your team really works hard and prepares well,” roared the lion.
It does not end here for Swallows, as they now venture into Africa for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederations Cup to take on Botswana’s Orapa United.
Sincephetelo Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (SMVAF) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Helmon Vilakati has thanked the entire nation for supporting the Ingwenyama Cup.
Vilakati said it was encouraging to see the nation joining the King in celebrating the tournament that blends football with culture.
“Firstly, i would like to thank His Majesty King Mswati III for supporting the tournament. The nation came out in numbers to support the competition and that is commendable. We also praise the spectators for showing respect throughout and we hope they will continue behaving themselves even next year.”
Meanwhile, Minister of Sports, Youth and culture Affairs David Ngcamphalala also thanked the King for supporting this prestigious tournament.
“Bayethe Wena Waphakati! We are very humbled and honoured by the King’s commitment in uniting the nation through football and culture. We further commend the entire nation for coming in great numbers to support the tournament. Also, we salute the two teams for displaying great football,” he said.