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MBABANE – A day after playing to a 1-all draw in the MTN League, Matsapha United’s Managing Director Sipho Shongwe took a swipe on their sworn rivals Mbabane Swallows – albeit on national radio.

The ‘Deep Blue Ocean’, as Matsapha United are fondly known, were least impressed by the Mzimnene River tag given to them by Swallows General Manager Sandile ‘Beyond 2000’ Zwane last week, ahead of their league clash.

“We’re disappointed we didn’t win the match as that’s all we had come for. We’re also hurt that our brand was attacked as the ‘Deep Blue Ocean’. We’re now being called Mzimnene River but as far as I know, that’s my neighbourhood river but it isn’t our brand, the Deep Blue Ocean must NOT change to that,” he retorted during yesterday’s Sport Show which is aired live at 7:15am every Monday and Friday.

An emotional Shongwe said no one was allowed to tamper with their brand.
“We’re building our brand which should be able to attract sponsors and we didn’t just become the Deep Blue Ocean but we wear a sky blue jersey which if you can go anywhere in the world, you will know an ocean is blue but Mzimnene can never be blue,” he said.

He appealed to those peddling the tag to desist from ruining their brand as they only came into football with one objective – to play the game and entertain the fans not to be called names.

“We’ve already been called many names like big-headed, egocentric and pompous and we’re shocked what this is because we thought we were here for football. It’s not nice to be called names.

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