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LEOPARD SCRAPE THROUGH

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Tokyo 48th
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LOBAMBA – Some games just need one moment of brilliance to be decided.

With the speed a cheetah, Bonginkosi ‘Manyovu’ Dlamini ran 60 metres of the Somhlolo artificial turf in a swift counter attack, leaving Manzini Sundowns captain Jerome Ntshalintshali for death before making a low cross for Mathokoza ‘Tokyo’ Tfwala to tap home from close range and transport Royal Leopard to the semi-finals of the exhilarating Ingwenyama Cup, three minutes after recess.
The goal served as ‘Tokyo’s third in the tournament.


Sandile Dlamini picked teammate Sandumuzi Zwane in a congested box from a corner kick only for the Sundowns man to head straight to goalkeeper Phephisani Msibi unmarked at the back post. Phephisani quickly distributed to ‘Manyovu’ who galloped all the way to break the ice in a game of a few chances played at Somhlolo National Stadium yesterday afternoon.


Both sides struggled to get the perfect passes in the final third, especially in the first half with Phephisani the only tested with a low shot on his near post by the tournament’s current leading top scorer with four-goal Melusi ‘Melo’ Mkhwanazi.


Leopard coach had implored a bad tactical formation that threatened to backfire at least until after 40 minutes when he finally substituted Siboniso ‘Rocco’ Malambe for Mcolisi ‘General’ Lukhele. Starting with two defensive midfielders, ‘Rocco’ and Buhle Msibi were suicidal while Sundowns missed the persistence and creativity of injured forward Justice ‘Figa’ Figureido.

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