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GANDAGANDA’ CRANKS, DENTS LEOPARD TITLE CHASE

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‘R. Leopard..........(1)1
Edoa-Nga 34th
Matsapha Utd... (0)1
Nsiah 84th


LOBAMBA - A 34th minute header into goal by striker Richard Edoa-Nga was not enough to hand Royal Leppard the MTN Premier League title last night.
It had been all good by half time as second-placed chasers Green Mamba went to the break with Tambuti goalless.


However, the joy at Lobamba was short-lived as they soon learnt Green Mamba had broken the deadlock to set things back to normal, two points difference going into the final games this weekend.


Leopard had hoped to win it last night as the last game is a tough one for them - they play third-placed Young Buffaloes but the latter is out of the title race. For that to happen, they needed to win but allowed Matsapha back into the game in the last 10 minutes when the visiting side scored through midfielder Emmanuel Nsiah while also hoping  Green Mamba lose or draw.


Meanwhile, it’s down to the wire in as far as the championship is concerned. Edoa-Nga will still have some work to do against Buffaloes if he is to return home with a gold medal and it will no longer be completely in their hands - Matsapha have hugely dented their chances, especially if Green Mamba win against Mbabane Highlanders this weekend and they fail to stop Buffaloes, who recently edged them 1-0 in the EswatiniBank Cup finals.


In his goal last night, he nodded over the advancing goalkeeper Innocent Obodai Adja after a defensive blunder as what appeared an easy ball to clear was left to take a bump and tall as the striker is, he got ahead and brilliantly nodded it into the back of the net.


Break


Matsapha returned from the break an improved side but had to take some early pressure from Leopard with their keeper pulling two good saves to deny Barry Steemkamp and Lungelo Tsabedze before gunning for that equalising goal, which earned them a crucial point to confirm their elite status next season.

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