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CLASSY ‘BIRDS’ SWALLOW ZANACO!

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Sports Editor
(At Nkoloma Stadium)
In Lusaka, Zambia
Courtesy of Swazi MTN

Zanaco FC................................................1
Chavda 41st
Mb. Swallows...........................................2
Felix 55th, Mcreesh 86th

LUSAKA – Classic! Brilliant! Stunning! All those adjectives and more don’t tell half the incredible story of how Mbabane Swallows stunned Zambian top side, Zanaco FC at home with a 2-1 defeat that left the modest 5 000 capacity stadium quieter than most mortuaries around the Chianama province here in Lusaka yesterday.


The stunning victory, courtesy of two sublime goals by attacking midfielder Felix Badenhorst and undoubted ‘man of the match’, the budding Richard Mcreesh, provoked the motley group of 70 travelling honey-throated Swallows fans into the longest rendition ever heard of the popular trademark song, ‘Myekeleni Aphumule’ in honour of slain club boss, Victor ‘Maradona’ Gamedze.


The dearly departed Gamedze must have belted a Colgate smile in his death-bed at the fertile soil of the humble KaLanga dwellings.
After this historic win, the ‘Beautiful Birds’ are now just one game away from reaching the group stages of the prestigious CAF Champions League for the first time ever and in line of earning a lucrative E6.6 million in prize money.
Yesterday, in a muddy and soggy pitch, in front of 5 000 Zanaco home fans, Swallows displayed a disciplined, workmanship-like performance to frustrate the ‘Bankers’ of Zambia for prolonged periods of time and then struck two well taken goals when it mattered the most to leave the soccer-crazy Zambians shell-shocked as if they had just been diagnosed with the deadly Listeriosis.


The football gods also smiled on Swallows when Zanaco FC’s Felix Nyaende ballooned his stoppage time penalty over the bar, awarded after strong defender, Stanley Umukora, was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.
Zanaco had started the game like a house on fire in a first half they largely dominated as they pressed Swallows high up the muddy pitch with incisive moves, especially left winger Ernest Mbewe taking right full-back, Sifiso Mabila to the cleaners each time he had the ball in his educated left foot. 

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