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TWO-HORSE RACE FOR LEAGUE TITLE

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My dearest readers ... In my next life, I will seriously consider being a sangoma because long before the first round of the MTN league ended, this State-Of-The-Nation Sports Address (SONSA) did predict that, for the second successive season, the MTN league title race will be a two-horse race.


Like last season, defending league champions, Mbabane Swallows, will slug it out with tough-as-teak army side, Young Buffaloes in the battle for the Holy grail of local football and boy, it will sure go down to the wire!


After the round of 16 matches, the two dominant sides are a carbon copy of each other - tied on wins (11), draws (5), goal for (28), goal against (5), goal difference (20) and points (38). They are both yet to lose a game in the league this season. While Swallows are on a history-defining 38 league games unbeaten run stretching back to May 15, 2016 when they lost 3-1 to Royal Leopard in the final day of the 2015/16 season, Buffaloes are on a 26-league game unbeaten run from last season.


Their records make for riveting reading. While there are still 10 games to be played, the reality is that the MTN league this season will certainly look like a re-make of Spain’s LaLiga over the years where Spanish giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid literally dominated to an extent that a result in the El Clasico would determine the league champions well in advance. Yes, you do have the likes of Valencia and Atletico Madrid weighing in but ultimately it has always been the two bitter rivals who contest for the league title in Spain.


The likes of in-form Green Mamba, faltering Manzini Wanderers, inconsistent Manzini Sundowns and stumbling Matsapha United might feel mathematically they are still very much in the title race but the reality is that it is a far-fetched dream. Hell would freeze over if any of these four teams were to beat the two front-runners, Swallows and Buffaloes to the league title.

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