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MBABANE – For Mbabane Swallows, Sunday’s crunch semi-final match against Mbabane Citizens will be more than booking a place in the final.

Instead, it will be part of fulfilling the mandate from their late chairman Victor ‘Maradona’ Gamedze, who ordered them to win the Ingwenyama Cup for the third consecutive season.
“He told us to complete the cycle,” remarked Coach Thabo ‘Koki’ Vilakati when quizzed on their chances against an equally unbeaten Citizens side.

Both teams are top of their respective leagues and before last night’s league games; they were on an unbeaten run. Swallows were on a 24-game unbeaten, going to their league match against Manzini Wanderers last night with Citizens’ 16-game run ended by Hlathikhulu Tycoons, who beat them 1-0 at Mavuso Sports Centre last night.

The game will kick off at 1.30pm on Sunday and will precede the armed forces derby pitting Young Buffaloes against Royal Leopard at 3.30pm.
Swallows coach said the unbeaten runs might be from different categories, based on the leagues and number of games, but it was still prudent for his team to show respect to their opponents. “Citizens have done well to reach this far in their unbeaten run, but we are chasing a bigger dream as a club. Most would say that Citizen will have nothing to lose, but we don’t think so.

They will have everything to lose, given that at this stage of the tournament, every team harbours the ambition of going all the way,” he said.

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