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Mpendulo 68th, Samkeliso 75th 

MANZINI – Frustration saw fans walk out on Manzini Wanderers yesterday as Tambuti stunned them with a deserved 2-0 defeat.

This was exactly after the 75th minute when Tambuti’s super substitute Samkeliso Lushaba nodded home unmarked inside the box.
He finished off a well weighted cross from the right wing by winger Mcondisi Nxumalo after he was neatly picked by captain Mpendulo Ngidi.

With Tambuti so dominant, a sizeable amount of fans walked out while those who remained fought among themselves. At the sound of the final whistle, some argued over coach Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe calling for his neck while others ran to his defence.
It was a distorted Wanderers side which was bound to lose from the first half where they survived Tambuti’s onslaught, even lucky to escape a penalty in the 9th as Ngidi’s six-yard box volley was blocked with both hands by defender Lihle Shabangu but nothing was given.

They could not resist it any more in the second half and eventually succumbed in the 68th. It took another brilliant and flawless move by Tambuti who won Moneni Pirates’ 12th man with their football and win in the end.
Putting the sugar belt side ahead was Ngidi who side-footed Samkeliso’s flicked header from another neat right wing cross by Mcondisi who was unfortunate to see his own free header miss target by inches inside the final 10 minutes in which Wanderers got some chances. But even with the goal beckoning, they spurned those chances, much to the chagrin of their supporters who admitted they were being outplayed.

The Tambuti keeper was never tested until the hour-mark but he was equal to the task as he blocked Mike Dombo’s face-to-face attempt while also denying Aladeon Kola who was given no chance by a solid defence all afternoon.
The likes of Dombo, Sifiso Matse are the biggest culprits who if they had composure in front of goal, at least they could have forced a point. Otherwise it was a well-deserved win for Tambuti who were simply super and exciting to watch with their well-coordinated play.

This is Wanderers’ second consecutive loss in four days as they were beaten 1-0 midweek by hub rivals Manzini Sundowns, losing the third spot they had occupied after the 1-0 win over Mbabane Highlanders last weekend.

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